Cruise Passengers Dead After Tour Excursion Bus Crashes in Mexico

5 American victims identified after fatal Mexico tour bus crash

Along with the fatalities, the crash left 13 people injured, the Mexican officials said in a statement.

This is a breaking news update.

A bus carrying tourists from U.S. cruise ships to an archeological site in Mexico crashed Tuesday after running off the road, killing at least 12 people including several foreigners, state authorities said.

The dead include a child, the agency said in a statement.

The ships, the Celebrity Equinox and the Serenade of the Seas, each with a capacity of more than 2,400 passengers, were sailing from Florida on week-long Caribbean voyages.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed Wednesday a Canadian national died as a result of the crash.

The tourists were headed to the archaeological zone of Chacchoben, an ancient Mayan ruin south of the resort town of Tulum, when the vehicle veered off the highway early on Tuesday. "Due to privacy considerations, further details can not be disclosed at this time".

Five Americans, two Swedes, and one Mexican were also killed in the crash on Tuesday, ABC News reported, quoting a representative with Costa Maya Mahahual, the bus company. We are doing all we can to care for our guests, including assisting with medical care and transportation.

The passengers on the bus were from two cruise ships run by Royal Caribbean, a major United States company based in Miami.

"Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident in Costa Maya", the cruise line said in a statement.

Video images from the scene show the bus on its side in vegetation off the two-lane highway. Quintana Roo is one of three states on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, a major tourist destination.

The bus was carrying 31 passengers on a straight stretch of road with little traffic. They had been on the road for about 35 to 40 minutes before the accident.

"Captain informed us this morning one of our passengers passed overnight", Brawley said. It was docked Wednesday up the coast in Cozumel. A Mexico state prosecutor said the initial investigation suggested that the accident had been caused by negligence and speed.

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