CANCUN, Mexico – At least 12 people died and 20 more were injured when a tourist bus transporting cruise ship passengers flipped over on a road in the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, authorities said on Tuesday.
The accident occurred on the Cafetal-Mahahual highway as the tourists were being taken on an excursion to the Chacchoben archaeological zone located 70 kilometers (about 43 miles) from Chetumal, the capital of Quintana Roo.
At least some of the foreigners involved in the accident were from the United States, Canada, Sweden, Brazil and Italy, and they had arrived on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship at the Costa Maya dock in Mahahual on Tuesday morning.
Officials said that 10 tourists died at the crash site and two others succumbed at a local hospital, adding that seven of the bus passengers are back on the cruise ship and 13 others remain in two different hospitals.
Among the dead was the tour guide.
The state transportation director, Jorge Cesar Santana Poot, said that the injured were taken to hospitals in Bacalar and Chetumal.
Meanwhile, Bacalar police chief Carlos Briceño Villagomez said that emergency personnel from Tulum, Bacalar and Othon P. Blanco were collaborating in the rescue efforts.
Thirty-two people were traveling on the bus at the time of the crash, including the tourist guide and the driver.
Preliminary information indicates that the driver lost control of the vehicle and went off the road, where the bus flipped onto its side.