At least 12 people died after a bus carrying cruise ship passengers from South Florida to Mayan ruins in eastern Mexico flipped over a highway early Tuesday. Authorities had not yet established the nationalities of the dead.
"We're all scared", said Shababo, who also fears the 11-year-old and other family members were killed. "An additional seven USA citizens were injured in the accident", a State Department official said. She was traveling with four family members.
Five of the injured have been discharged while the rest remain at four local hospitals, state government officials said. The company expressed its sympathies and said it was assisting with medical care and transportation.
The bus was heading to the ruins of Chacchoben on the Yucatán Peninsula at the time of the wreck, according to the Washington Post.
An ambulance sits parked next to an overturned bus in Mahahual, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
Except for the driver and the tour guide, the crash victims were all passengers on two Royal Caribbean cruise ships: Celebrity Equinox, which left Miami on Saturday, and Serenade of the Seas, which left Fort Lauderdale on Friday.
As for the driver of the bus, a Mexican state prosecutor told CBS News Reporter Manuel Bojorquez that he does not know where the driver is - if he's in a hospital or got away.
Video taken at the scene showed bodies strewn on the side of the two-lane highway.
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"Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident in Costa Maya", the company said. The bus, the front windshield was entirely out, like some people had gone thru it.
He said he didn't see the crash.
The bus driver was injured and has been arrested, local officials said.
The cause of the accident was under investigation. The bus was headed toward Mayan ruins when the crash occurred.
Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises says it will not be providing additional information about its passengers involved in Tuesday's bus crash in Mexico. It was shortly after 9 a.m. and they had been on the road for about 35 to 40 minutes.
Brawly said the sky was clear and the road was dry and he didn't see any sign of any other vehicle being involved in the crash, which happened on a narrow, two-lane road with no shoulder or guardrail.
"Captain informed us this morning one of our passengers passed overnight", Brawley said.