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Tourist bus crashes in Mexico, 12 reported dead

South Florida resident Fanya Shamis, 78, was one of the Americans who died in the crash, according to her grandson, Benjamin Shababo. She says it was her son who called from Mexico to break the news of the tragedy.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said news of the deadly incident is "heartbreaking". "It's hard to accept, but we have to no choice but to live with a pain like that".

Horwood would have turned 42 next week. He said the family had no additional information to provide at this time.

He said it was not uncommon to see Shamis and her husband walking their relatives' dogs, he said.

A spokesperson said Global Affairs Canada is following the situation closely to try to determine if any Canadians were affected.

Costa Maya Mahahual, the bus company involved, said in a statement that the bus was carrying tourists who arrived to the coastal town of Mahahual.

The crash happened in Chacchoben, which is approximately 110 miles (175 kilometers) south of Talum, Martin stated.

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Representatives from the United States mission in Mexico are heading to the scene to assist any U.S. citizens involved, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said. "Due to privacy considerations, further details can not be disclosed at this time".

Royal Caribbean Cruises said in a statement Wednesday the guests on the tour bus were from two separate ships, the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas, en-route to the Chacchoben ruins.

"Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident in Costa Maya". The company expressed its sympathies and said it was assisting with medical care and transportation.

Some of the passengers injured in the crash were taken to local hospitals, while others were transported to the United States for treatment, Martinez said. Some survivors lay on the pavement while others walked around. Quintana Roo state authorities said 13 people remained in hospital. They had been on the road for 35 to 40 minutes before the accident.

An ambulance sits parked next to an overturned bus in Mahahual, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.

QUINTANA ROO, Mexico -Eight Americans, two Swedish tourists and at least one Canadian were among the victims of a tour bus crash in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula that left 12 dead and more than 10 people injured, officials said Wednesday. About 23 passengers on the bus came from the Celebrity Equinox, which left Saturday from Port Miami, while four came from the Serenade of the Seas, which departed Friday from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.



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