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State attorney general says driver to blame for deadly bus crash

Cancun, Q.R. — State Attorney General for Quintana Roo has reported that the driver of the Costa Maya bus that overturned along the Mahahual highway Tuesday is to blame for the accident.

Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech Cen says that the bus driver is responsible for the accident in which 12 people died Tuesday morning along the Mahahual-Cafetal highway in the southern portion of the state.

The state prosecutor said that expert studies on the accident still continue, but evidence has been found that the unit “was driven with immoderate speed, which could be established based on the calculation made with the braking marks and injuries of the deceased.”

He explained that the bus driver, who has been transferred to hospital, could not be detained at this time, but that he is required for investigation in order to clarify facts and probable responsibility. He added that the prosecution is working in a coordinated manner with the embassies of citizens who died or were injured.

Pech Cen confirmed that to date, 12 people died as a result of the accident, of which 11 were tourists and one, a Mexican national. He added that of the death toll, eight were Americans, two of the deceased were from Sweden, one death was that of a Canadian and one Mexican, which was the tour guide.

Only four of the injured remain in hospital, three Americans and one Brazilian. The others were discharged.

In a statement, Costa Maya said that along with the government of Quintana Roo, they have made available “all psychological, legal, medical and logistical assistance necessary,” to the bus crash victims. Through a press release, the company expressed its “deep” sorrow for the tragedy that occurred on the Mahahual-Cafetal highway, in the south of the state.

In its official notice, the company explained that the passengers of the bus and their relatives who are still in Mexico are being accompanied “at all times by representatives of Costa Maya, of the cruise company and of the Secretary of Tourism of the government of the state of Quintana. Roo, who in a joint effort, have put at the disposal of those affected all the necessary psychological, legal, medical and logistical support.”

The company reiterated its willingness to continue supporting the passengers and collaborating with the authorities in the investigations so it maintains constant direct communication with all the parties involved.

“Costa Maya reiterates its solidarity with the families affected in this unfortunate incident and thanks the collaboration of the authorities and the medical staff of Chetumal, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Tulum, Bacalar and Mahahual, who since the company’s security protocols were activated, have been caring for the passengers at all times,” the statement said.