Three Family Members Among Those American Cruise Ship Passengers Killed in Mexico Bus Crash
Three family members were killed in a car crash in Mexico while on American cruise trip
Three family members were among the multiple American cruise ship passengers who were killed in a bus crash on Tuesday as they made their way to visit Mayan ruins in eastern Mexico.
Fanya Shamis of Coconut Creek, Florida, did not survive the crash, a family member confirms to PEOPLE. The Sun Sentinel reported Shamis’ daughter, Anna Behar, 46; and her grandson, Daniel Behar, 11, also died.
Another grandson, 18-year-old Benjamin Shababo, told The Sun Sentinel hisuncle Moises Behar, of Lorton, Virginia, is in the hospital and they have been unable to locate his 15-year-old cousin.
“We don’t have really concrete information,” Shababo told the newspaper. “We’re all scared. It’s just really scary to process this in my head that possibly something really bad happened to them.”
The Associated Press reports that eight Americans were killed as well as two Swedes, one Canadian and one Mexican in the crash that occurred in Quintana Roo, Mexico. According to the BBC, the Quintana Roo state government said that at least one child died. The accident left another 18 injured.
Royal Caribbean wrote on Twitter that their heart goes out to everyone involved, and later posted that their 27 guests were on a bus tour to the Chacchoben Ruins.
The U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico also confirmed in a statement on their website that there were numerous deaths.
“We express our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this tragedy. We are in contact with local authorities, and will continue to monitor the situation,” they wrote. “We have staff on the scene and at local hospitals to assist victims and loved ones. We are aware of several U.S. citizens injured in the accident. We confirm the death of multiple U.S. citizens in a bus accident in Quintana Roo, Mexico.”