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  • 22.01.2021
At least 12 dead in tourist bus crash

At least 12 dead in tourist bus crash

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Twelve people have died and 18 injured in Mexico's state of Quintana Roo when a tour bus lost control and rolled over during an excursion to ancient ruins.

The bus was carrying 31 passengers, including citizens of the United States, Brazil and Sweden, authorities said. A child was among the dead. Quintana Roo is one of three states on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, which has popular tourist sites.

Officials said 11 tourists and one tour guide had been killed.
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Twenty-seven of the passengers had been travelling on Royal Caribbean cruise ships, spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said.

"Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident," Martinez said in a statement. "We are doing all we can to care for our guests, including assisting with medical care and transportation."

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.
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After the accident, passengers were taken to hospitals. Five were discharged and the injured were in stable condition, it said.

The government of Quintana Roo said in a statement that it was investigating the cause of the accident.

Last year, 11 tourists were killed in a crash in Quintana Roo when their bus flipped en route to Cancun.
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