Fifteen people died and 47 are being treated for their injuries after a bus carrying tourists for the Christmas holidays overturned on a highway in the Mexican state of Nayarit, which borders the Pacific Ocean, authorities said Saturday.
Officials from the nearby state of Guanajuato said all the passengers came from the same city, Leon, in that state. In Mexico it is not unusual for friends, relatives or neighbors to rent a bus together to go on vacation to the beach.
Nayarit prosecutors indicated that the accident occurred on Friday on a rural road. Among the dead were at least four children.
Local media reported that the travelers were returning from Guayabitos, a town on the Pacific coast, north of Puerto Vallarta.
The causes of the accident are being investigated. Forty-five of the injured were receiving medical care at local hospitals. No information was available on the condition of the injured.
In the past, these types of accidents have been caused by poorly maintained rental buses, bad weather, the state of the roads, or traveling at high speeds.
This story was originally published on January 1, 2023 10:20 a.m.
Source: El Nuevo Herald