2 Americans among 7 killed in bus crash in Belize

Two Americans were killed and five others injured when their tour bus crashed in Belize — as they visited the country on a Carnival Cruise Line trip, according to a new report.

Nov. 29, 2019

Jacqueline Abad, 53, and Sara Armijo, 51, were killed Wednesday when the gray Dodge passenger van carrying their group crashed on a roadway to Belmopan City, the Belize Police Department said, according to NBC News.

Their van struck a red Chevy SUV head-on as it entered their lane to overtake another vehicle, the outlet reported.

The five injured passengers suffered broken legs and arms, cuts, pelvic fractures, abrasions and dislocated knee caps, according to the report.

The three SUV passengers, all of Belize, were also killed on impact — and police said that driver was to blame for the collision.

Carnival Cruise told the network that the passengers had embarked on a seven-day cruise that departed from Galveston on Sunday, Nov. 23 and was set to return on Saturday, Nov. 30.

“Along with Carnival guests, there were guests from at least one other cruise line on the bus,” the cruise line said in a statement. “Sadly, two guests have died and the five others remain hospitalized, with one guest already transported back to the U.S for medical care. Our Carnival CareTeam and medical staff are supporting guests and their families.”

The Belize Tourism Board offered its support to the grieving families.

“We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of Belizeans and tourists who perished, and we pray for a quick recovery for those who were injured in the accident,” the board said in a statement issued to NBC. “May God give them strength, peace and comfort.”

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