MEXICO CITY — At least 12 people died when a bus carrying cruise ship passengers to Mayan ruins in eastern Mexico flipped over on a highway early Tuesday, officials said. At least seven Americans are among the multiple injuries that could number as high as 20.
A U.S. embassy spokesman confirmed that several Americans were injured. The ship that the “tragedy has left a lot of people heartbroken.”
“For those who were on, what was supposed to be an epic 8 hour once in a lifetime journey.”
“Our dining room tonight had so many empty places, you just knew what had happened to those people. “
In addition, two citizens of Sweden are injured, according to Quintana Roo state Civil Defense spokesman Vicente Martin, who said authorities haven’t yet established the nationalities of the dead.
Costa Maya Mahahual, the bus company involved in Tuesday’s incident, says the nationalities of the passengers are: American, Italian, Swedish and Brazilian.
The Quintana Roo state prosecutor’s office reported that the fatalities were 11 tourists, including one child, and a Mexican tour guide.
Mayman happened to be onboard one of the cruise ships.
“There are some very grim scenes at the guest services area onboard the ship. People consoling each other, still trying to figure out who was involved, as some of the tour buses have yet to return to the ocean liner.”