15 dead and 47 injured in a bus accident in Mexico

Fifteen people have died and 47 are being treated for injuries after a bus carrying holiday tourists overturned on a highway in Mexico’s Pacific coast state of Nayarit, authorities said Saturday.

Officials in the nearby state of Guanajuato said all the passengers were from the same city, Leon, in that state. It’s not unusual for friends, family or neighbors in Mexico to pool their money to rent a bus for a beach vacation.

The Nayarit prosecutor’s office said the accident occurred on Friday, in a rural section. They said at least four children were among the dead.

Local media said the travelers were returning from Guayabitos, a beach town north of Puerto Vallarta.

The causes of the accident were under investigation. Forty-five of the injured were being treated at local hospitals, and there was no immediate information on the condition of the injured.

In the past, these accidents have often been caused by poorly maintained rental buses, poor weather or highway conditions, or excessive speed.

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