Tourist Bus Crashes, Kills At Least 18

Saturday, September 15th 2007, 8:23 pm
By: News On 6

MEXICO CITY (AP) A bus carrying tourists who arrived on a flight from Phoenix crashed in western Mexico on Saturday, killing at least 18, bus company and Red Cross officials said.

The Vallarta Plus bus was carrying 35 passengers from the resort city of Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara when it ran off a mountain road and plunged into a ravine, Nayarit state police director Fernando Carbajal said.

At least 18 people were killed and 13 injured, five of them seriously, said Nayarit state Red Cross spokesman Miguel Langarica.

Vallarta Plus spokesman Daniel Rios said as many as half of the passengers were from a flight that had left Phoenix on Friday for Guadalajara. The plane had been rerouted to Puerto Vallarta along with 17 other flights because of a fire at the Guadalajara airport.