Two Americans killed, others hurt after Belize bus tour wreck during Carnival cruise excursion

Posted at 6:59 AM, Nov 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 07:39:55-05

BELMOPAN, Belize — (NBC) - Five people were killed, including two Americans, after a crash in Belize on Wednesday that was part of a Carnival Cruise Line trip.

The wreck occurred after a van, full of cruise ship passengers, was returning from a popular tour at Jaguar Paw Cave during an independent tour.

According to local sources, a red sport-utility-vehicle was attempting to overtake another vehicle when it crashed into the van carrying the tourists.

As a result of the head-on collision, five people died in the wreck, which included three residents of Belize and two American cruise ship passengers.

NBC News identified the Americans who died as Jacqueline Abad, 53, and Sara Armijo, 51.

Five other Americans were wounded in the crash with injuries ranging from broken legs, fractures and cuts.

One guest was taken back to the United States for medical treatment.

Carnival says, along with their passengers, there were passengers from at least one other cruise line on the bus.

The Carnival Vista departed Galveston on Saturday for a seven-day voyage. The ship is scheduled to return to Texas on Nov. 30.