Mexico Bus Crash

SALTILLO, Mexico (AP) - Mexican state prosecutors say a truck driver may have drunk four to five beers before his tractor-trailer rig slammed into a bus loaded with American and Canadian tourists.

Eleven people were killed in the Monday crash near Saltillo (saw-TEE'-yoh), Mexico. Investigators say seven of the dead were Americans, while three were Canadians. Also killed was the Mexican bus drivers.

The dead include Brownsville Cummings Middle School reading teachers Ana Maria Bujanos (boo-HAH'-nohs) of Brownsville and Rebecca Pemelton of Harlingen. Many were snowbirds from colder climes who spent their winters in Texas' Rio Grande Valley.

A spokesman for the U.S. consulate in nearby Monterrey, Mexico, says nine Americans were injured and most are in stable condition.

Investigators say 23-year-old Julio (HOO'-lee-yoh) Cesar (SAY'-sahr) Garcia lost control of his 18-wheeler, which swerved onto the shoulder to his left, then back to the right and crashed into the oncoming bus.

No charges have been filed against him yet. But Coahuila (koh-ah-WEE'-lah) state Detective Jose Angel Herrera says the truck driver, who was among those hurt, would be charged with involuntary homicide.


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