Cancun, Q.R. – A tragic bus accident on Monday has left a dozen dead and more than two dozen injured.
The accident took place on Federal Highway 307 with a bus load of passengers destined for Cancun from Acayucan, Veracruz. Reports show that at around 4:00 a.m., the driver of Tours Acosta bus fell asleep at the wheel, causing the bus to swerve off the road and tip over.
Passersby called emergency dispatch where ambulances and emergency personnel from Flipe Carrillo Puerto and Tulum were on scene by 5:00 a.m. to transport the injured to hospitals in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Chetumal.
Of the 53 passengers on board, ten adults and two children, one of which was two months old, died in the accident. A crane was brought in to upright the bus and free numerous others who were trapped under debris.
Reyes Silvestre, head of the Civil Protection rescue team, said the bus was about 120 miles from Veracruz when the accident happened. He added that among the deceased was a child who died on the way to hospital.
The tour bus was owned by Tour Acosta and designed to seat a maximum of 48 passengers. Municipal and federal police in combination with Roads Divison continue to work gathering information.
In December of 2015, the same bus company experienced a similar accident when one of its drivers fell asleep at the wheel on a Tabasco to Cancun route.