Gatineau woman identified as Canadian victim of fatal Mexican bus crash
Ted Raymond, Newstalk 580 CFRA
Published Wednesday, December 20, 2017 3:12PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 20, 2017 7:10PM EST
A local woman has been identified as the Canadian who was among 12 people killed in a bus crash in Mexico.
CTV News has confirmed Stephanie Horwood, of Gatineau, died after a bus carrying cruise passengers rolled over on a Mexican highway while en route to Mayan ruins. Horwood’s partner Fred Reinthaler and their two children suffered minor injuries.
Family members tell CTV this was Stephanie’s first cruise. She was a week away from her 42nd birthday.
Carole Pommet Reinthaler -- Fred Reinthaler's mother -- tells the Canadian Press there will be two funeral services -- one in Horwood's native St. John's, N.L., and the other in Gatineau.
Global Affairs Canada says consular officials in Playa del Carmen and Ottawa are working to support the family.
Mexican officials said eight Americans, two Swedes, and one Mexican were the others killed in the crash.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. The driver of the bus was injured and has been taken into custody, the state government said.
Royal Caribbean Cruises confirmed that 27 passengers from two of its cruise ships were on the bus at the time of the crash.
“Our hearts go out to all those involved in the bus accident,” company spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said in a statement. “We are doing all we can to care for our guests, including assisting with medical care and transportation.”
With files from the Canadian Press and the Associated Press.