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8 Americans killed in Mexico bus crash

March 17, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Eight American tourists and three Canadian tourists are among the 12 people killed when their bus collided head-on with a tractor-trailer in northern Mexico on Monday. Their Mexican bus driver was also killed.Police say the tractor-trailer went off the road, the driver over corrected and swerved into oncoming traffic. The driver went into the other lane and collided with the bus, which was carrying 23 tourists.

The driver of the cargo truck is among the 15 injured, who are still hospitalized.

The Senda Express bus, operated by Grupo Senda was carrying Texas retirees from McAllen, Texas, to the mining town of Zacatecas in central Mexico when it crashed on the road between Saltillo and Zacatecas, near Monterrey.

Canadian foreign affairs confirmed that some Canadians were passengers.

Authorities identified one person killed in the crash as 72-year-old Ronald Christy, who wintered in Texas and lived in West Liberty, Iowa. His wife Margaret Christy was critically injured.


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