Saturday, December 24, 2011

Three Americans Killed in Bus Accident in Mexico

Three US citizens traveling to spend the holidays with their relatives in Mexico were among those killed in a spree of shooting attacks on buses in northern Mexico on Thursday (December 22). Specifically, a group of five gunmen attacked three buses in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz, killing a total of seven passengers in what authorities said appeared to be a violent robbery spree.

The Americans included a mother and her two daughters who were returning to visit relatives in the region, known as the Huasteca, said an official in the neighboring state of Hidalgo, where the mother was born.

COMMENT: Hidalgo state regional assistant secretary Jorge Rocha identified the dead Americans as Maria Sanchez Hernandez, 39, of Fort Worth, TX, and her daughters, Karla, 19, and Cristina, 13. Rocha said all three held dual U.S.-Mexican citizenship. A 14-year-old Mexican nephew traveling with the three was also killed. Three other Mexican citizens were killed in the attacks on the three buses.

Fortunately, the five gunmen who allegedly carried out the bus attacks were later shot and killed by Mexican soldiers.

The US Consulate General in Matamoros has urged Americans to exercise caution when traveling in Veracruz and to "avoid intercity road travel at night."

This tragedy is a chilling reminder of the risks travelers face when traveling by bus not only in Mexico, but throughout Central America.

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