Grand Canyon Tour Bus Rolls Over, Leaving 1 Dead And 2 Critically Injured

Written by on January 23, 2021

PHOENIX (AP) — A Las Vegas-based tour bus heading to the Grand Canyon rolled over in northwestern Arizona on Friday, killing one individual and critically injuring two others, authorities mentioned.

A spokeswoman for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned the reason for the Friday afternoon wreck was not but identified, however a fireplace official who responded mentioned velocity seemed to be an element. No different autos had been concerned.

“It was a closely broken bus. He slid down the highway fairly a methods, so there was a number of wreckage,” mentioned Lake Mohave Ranchos Fireplace District Chief Tim Bonney. “Simply to place it in perspective, on a scale of zero to 10, an eight.”

This photo provided by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office shows a Las Vegas-based tour that rolled over in northwestern Arizo

This photograph offered by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Workplace reveals a Las Vegas-based tour that rolled over in northwestern Arizona on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. One individual died, and two had been critically injured. The reason for the rollover is underneath investigation.

Not one of the passengers was ejected from the automobile however they had been all in shock, Bonney mentioned.

“Numerous them had been saying the bus driver was driving at a excessive charge of velocity,” he mentioned.

A photograph from the sheriff’s workplace confirmed the bus on its aspect on a highway that curves by way of Joshua timber with no snow or rain within the distant space.

There have been 48 individuals on the bus, together with the driving force, authorities mentioned. After the crash, 44 individuals had been despatched to Kingman Regional Medical Middle, together with two flown by medical helicopter, spokeswoman Teri Williams mentioned. All of the others had been handled for minor accidents, she mentioned.

Two individuals had been critically injured, mentioned Mohave County sheriff’s spokeswoman Anita Mortensen.

The bus was heading to Grand Canyon West, about 2 half of hours from Las Vegas and outdoors the boundaries of Grand Canyon Nationwide Park. The vacationer vacation spot sits on the Hualapai reservation and is greatest identified for the Skywalk, a glass bridge that juts out 70 ft (21 meters) from the canyon partitions and provides guests a view of the Colorado River 4,000 ft (1,219 meters) under.

Earlier than the pandemic, about 1 million individuals a 12 months visited Grand Canyon West, largely by way of excursions booked out of Las Vegas. The Hualapai reservation consists of 108 miles (174 kilometers) of the Grand Canyon’s western rim.

Along with the Skywalk, the tribe has helicopter excursions on its land, horseback rides, a historic guano mine and a one-day whitewater rafting journey on the Colorado River. Rafters who’re on journeys by way of the Grand Canyon can also get on and off the river on the reservation.

In a press release issued late Friday, the Hualapai Tribe and its companies mentioned they had been saddened by the rollover and that security is the best precedence for visitors, workers and distributors.

“As a individuals, our hearts exit to these so deeply affected,” the assertion learn. “We want speedy recoveries to these requiring medical consideration.”

Nationwide Transportation Security Board spokesman Keith Holloway mentioned he didn’t instantly have extra particulars in regards to the crash. The company doesn’t ship investigators to all bus crashes.

Different, lethal crashes have occurred earlier than within the space.

4 Chinese language nationals died in 2016 when their van collided with a Dallas Cowboys employees bus headed to a preseason promotional cease in Las Vegas.

In 2009, a tour bus carrying Chinese language nationals overturned on U.S. 93 close to the Hoover Dam, killing a number of individuals and injuring others. The group was coming back from a Grand Canyon journey.

Federal investigators cited driver inattention because the possible reason behind that crash. The bus driver was trying to repair an issue with airflow by way of his door earlier than the crash and have become distracted, then veered off the highway and overcorrected earlier than crossing a median and overturning. A lot of the passengers had been ejected.

Fonseca reported from Flagstaff. Related Press reporters Ken Ritter and Michelle L. Worth in Las Vegas, Terry Tang in Phoenix and AP/Report for America Statehouse Information Initiative corps member Sam Metz in Carson Metropolis, Nevada, contributed.

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