Jacqueline Abad, 53, and Sara Armijo, 51, were killed as they were traveling on a roadway to Belmopan City in a Grey Dodge passenger van as part of their Carnival Cruise trip, the Belize Police Department confirmed Thursday. Abad and Armijo’s van struck a red Chevy SUV head on when it entered their lane to overtake another vehicle.
Five other Americans were wounded in the crash, carrying injuries ranging from broken legs and arms to cuts, pelvic fractures, abrasions and dislocated knee caps.
The three passengers in the red SUV, all Belizean, died on impact, police said. The driver of that vehicle was at fault, authorities added.
Carnival Cruise confirmed that seven of its guests were involved in the accident while on an independent tour of Belize on Wednesday. The passengers were on a 7-day voyage with Carnival Vista that departed Galveston on Saturday, Nov. 23, with an expected return of Saturday, Nov. 30.
“Along with Carnival guests, there were guests from at least one other cruise line on the bus. Sadly, two guests have died and the five others remain hospitalized, with one guest already transported back to the U.S for medi