8 Americans confirmed dead in Mexico bus crash

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Eight Americans have been confirmed dead in the horrific tourist bus crash in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula that occurred Tuesday.

Twelve out of the 31 passengers in total were killed, including the tour guide. The other three nationalities of the victims include two Swedes and one Canadian.

Anna Behar of Lorton, Virginia, and her 11-year-old son Daniel were confirmed killed in the crash. Behar’s mother, Fanya Shamis of Coconut Creek, Florida, also died in the crash.

“We express our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this tragedy,” the U.S. State Department said. “We are in contact with local authorities and will continue to monitor the situation. We have staff on the scene and at local hospitals to assist victims and loved ones.”

It has been confirmed that passengers from the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas cruise ships, owned by Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises, were on the bus. The company publicly expressed its sympathies and said it was assisting with medical care, transportation and other necessities.

Seven injured tourists had returned to their boat Tuesday night, while 13 remained hospitalized, six of them in Tulum and seven in the city of Chetumal.

Prosecutor Miguel Ángel Pech Cen said preliminary evidence suggests the bus driver may have been speeding. The driver, who has not been identified, was hospitalized following the accident and could face criminal charges.

The bus ended up flipped on its side in vegetation along the two-lane highway. Video taken of the grisly scene showed some survivors lying on the pavement and others stumbling around disoriented. On the roadside, one body lay dormant, covered with a white sheet.

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