Two Washington educators killed in Mexico bus crash

Local couple and educators in Western Washington among those killed in Mexico tour bus crash

Local couple and educators in Western Washington among those killed in Mexico tour bus crash

An American cruise passenger visiting Mexico says a bus that flipped over on the way to Mayan ruins crashed on a dry road and he didn't see any sign that other vehicles were involved.

"I would really like to be with my son, because they have no family at all at the moment", said Pommet.

The woman was identified by her family as Stephanie Horwood of Gatineau, Que.

She said he was committed to the environment and helping his students.

Carole Pommet Reinthaler told The Canadian Press on Wednesday that her daughter-in-law was in Mexico with her husband and their two daughters aged nine and 11.

"I still don't believe she is dead", she said.

Horwood is originally from St. John's. "We are going to miss him".

A U.S. Embassy spokesman said in an emailed statement that officials "are in contact with local authorities and are working with them to determine if there were U.S. citizens on board".

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Bus crashes are common in Mexico where people often travel along unsafe routes at night - but an accident involving the deaths of so many tourists in broad daylight is rare, the Mexico correspondent Will Grant says. Of the injured passengers, three were from Canada, four from Brazil and four from the United States, the Quintana Roo government said.

Those injured were taken to hospitals in Bacalar, Chetumal and Tulum, officials said.

"We're adding them to our prayers", said Roehr, of Allendale, Mich., who is on vacation with her family on the Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, a ship docked in the same port as the affected ships - Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas - which both docked a day earlier after leaving Miami.

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

Footage and photos of the aftermath of the crash show bodies on the pavement and side of the road as others, including some wearing bathing suits, help the wounded. He says they had been driving about 35 to 40 minutes before the accident.

Brawley said the ship he was sailing on, the Serenade of the Seas, sailed out of Mahahual Tuesday around 5:30 p.m., a couple hours after its scheduled departure.

It's unclear what caused the crash, but officials are investigating.

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