Chile – +American Tourists Die In Bus Crash+

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    Santiago, Chile – +American Tourists Die In Bus Crash+ A bus carrying tourists from a cruise out of Miami, Florida. a Jewish group on vacation from Connecticut and New Jersy, on a B’nai B’rith trip, plunges off a cliff in northern Chile, killing 12 passengers.

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    1. Twelve Americans on a B’nai B’rith trip were killed in a bus accident in northern Chile.
      The victims were returning to a cruise ship after visiting Lauca National Park in Santiago Wednesday when their bus swerved off the highway and plunged 300 feet down a mountainside, U.S. and Chilean officials said. A spokesman for Celebrity Cruises said the passengers were part of a B’nai B’rith trip on a South American cruise that left from Fort Lauderdale
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    2. The tour bus that crashed in northern Chile, killing 12 elderly American tourists returning to their cruise ship after an excursion, was unregistered and not authorized to transport passengers, government officials said Thursday.

      The white bus tumbled more than 300 feet and ended up crushed and on its side. Rescue crews found the bodies of the victims spread out in the area along with some of their belongings, including local handicraft bags

      The officials said those killed were Miriam Diamond, 76; Hans Wilhelm Otto Eggers, 72; Barbara Rubin, 69; Arthur Joseph Kovar, 67; Frieda Kovar, 74; Robert Rubin, 72; Maria Eggers, 71; Carole Ellen Rochelman, 63; Shirley Bier, 76; Marvin Bier, 79.

      They also listed Linda Greenfield, 63, and Ira Greenfield, 68, whose deaths were reported earlier by their rabbi in Stamford, Conn. The injured men were identified as Harold Rochelman, 67, and Bernard Diamond, 66.

      Chilean officials said the bus lacked permission to carry passengers

      The bus “was not registered with the Transportation Ministry,” said Jorge Caceres, head of the ministry’s office in the region where the accident occurred.

      Pedro Mufeler, regional director of the government tourism agency, told The Associated Press by telephone that the small company, named Andinotours, had filed its request for registration some 15 days ago but it had not yet been approved. He did not elaborate.

      The prosecutor in charge of investigating the accident, Manuel Gonzalez, said the driver may have fallen asleep.

      Hanrahan told reporters in Miami the victims — all in their 60s and 70s — were part of a 64-member B’nai B’rith group on vacation.

      Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford said relatives of the Greenfields — longtime members of the synagogue — were headed to Chile to identify the victims.

      “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” he said. “Everyone is in a tremendous state of shock and sadness.”

      Linda Greenfield was a mentor at the local alternative high school and an active volunteer in the congregation, while her husband was a sales clerk at a television store, Cohen said.

      Hanrahan said the injured tourists were in stable condition and were moved to an intensive care unit as a precaution. Dr. Mauricio Lynn of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami said one of the men broke a leg and the other broke a hand.

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