World 2 Americans among 7 killed in bus crash in Belize
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There were 32 elementary school students on the bus at the time. Passley has been charged with two counts of endangering the life/health of a child and released on a $100 bond, the department said, noting that it also contacted the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office to review Passley’s commercial driver’s license.(MORE: Bus driver saves 2 children wandering alone in bitter cold) The department said it was not aware of any previous criminal charges against Passley. She is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 27.Ziman said she was shocked by the woman's apparent disregard for the students' safety.
Two Americans were among seven people killed after an accident involving a tour bus, the State Department has confirmed.
A third international traveler and four locals also died in the crash, authorities said.
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Police were called to the scene of the accident, apparently a head-on collision between two vehicles, around 3:10 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Alejandro Cowo, an official with the Belize Police Department, said at a press conference.
In addition to the seven who died, seven others remained hospitalized, Cowo added.
Investigators were "still determining what exactly led to the accident and who is at fault," Cowo said.
"We are aware of U.S. citizen casualties resulting from the traffic accident on George Price Highway in Belize," a State Department official told ABC News. "We are providing all appropriate consular assistance and are monitoring the local authorities’ investigation. We extend our sincerest condolences to families of those lost in the accident. Out of consideration for those involved, we have no further information at this time."
ABC News' Matt Foster and Wellington Gomez-Munoz contributed to this report.
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