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12 dead, 18 injured in Mexico tour bus crash

Posted December 19, 2017 3:18 p.m. EST
Updated December 20, 2017 11:49 a.m. EST

— A tour bus crash in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday left at least 12 dead and 18 injured, officials said.

The Turismo Costa Maya bus was carrying 31 people, including 8 Americans, 2 Swedes, 1 Canadian, 1 Mexican, in the state of Quintana Roo, according to Public Security of Quintana Roo. Among the passengers were 27 guests from a Royal Caribbean cruise, Royal Caribbean said.

Video of the crash's aftermath showed a bus on its side in a wooded area off the roadway.

The bus was traveling from the coastal village of Mahahual to the Mayan ruin archaeological site Chacchoben, according to Public Security. Chacchoben is about 110 miles south of the popular tourist destination of Tulum.

The ship docked Tuesday at Costa Maya and was scheduled to leave later in the day, the cruise line said.

"We are working with the local authorities to learn more about the accident. We are doing all we can to help our guests," the cruise line said on Twitter.

The injured were transferred to Bacalar and Chetumal hospitals in Quintana Roo.

Representatives from the United States mission in Mexico are heading to the scene to assist any US citizens involved, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

"We know that lots of families and individuals are traveling this time of year," she said. "We're working with local authorities."