A Las Vegas-based tour bus heading to the Grand Canyon rolled over in northwestern Arizona on Friday, killing one particular person and critically injuring two others, authorities stated.
A spokeswoman for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office stated the reason for the Friday afternoon wreck was not but identified, however a fireplace official who responded stated pace appeared to be an element. No different autos had been concerned.
“It was a heavily damaged bus. He slid down the road quite a ways, so there was a lot of wreckage,” stated Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District Chief Tim Bonney. “Just to put it in perspective, on a scale of zero to 10, an eight.”
None of the passengers was ejected from the car however they had been all in shock, Bonney stated.
“A lot of them were saying the bus driver was driving at a high rate of speed,” he stated.
A photograph from the sheriff’s office confirmed the bus on its aspect on a highway that curves via Joshua bushes with no snow or rain within the distant space.
There had been 48 individuals on the bus, together with the driving force, authorities stated. After the crash, 44 individuals had been despatched to Kingman Regional Medical Center, together with two flown by medical helicopter, spokeswoman Teri Williams stated. All the others had been handled for minor accidents, she stated.
Two individuals had been critically injured, stated Mohave County sheriff’s spokeswoman Anita Mortensen.
The bus was heading to Grand Canyon West, about 2 1/2 hours from Las Vegas and out of doors the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park. The vacationer vacation spot sits on the Hualapai reservation and is finest identified for the Skywalk, a glass bridge that juts out 70 toes (21 meters) from the canyon partitions and offers guests a view of the Colorado River 4,000 toes (1,219 meters) under.
Before the pandemic, about 1 million individuals a year visited Grand Canyon West, largely via excursions booked out of Las Vegas. The Hualapai reservation consists of 108 miles (174 kilometers) of the Grand Canyon’s western rim.
In addition to 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 via 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 stated they had been saddened by the rollover and that security is the very best precedence for friends, workers and distributors.
“As a people, our hearts go out to those so deeply affected,” the assertion learn. “We wish speedy recoveries to those requiring medical attention.”
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway stated he did not instantly have extra particulars in regards to the crash. The company does not ship investigators to all bus crashes.
Other, lethal crashes have occurred earlier than within the space.
Four Chinese nationals died in 2016 when their van collided with a Dallas Cowboys workers bus headed to a preseason promotional cease in Las Vegas.
In 2009, a tour bus carrying Chinese 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 explanation for that crash. The bus driver was trying to repair an issue with airflow via his door earlier than the crash and have become distracted, then veered off the highway and overcorrected earlier than crossing a median and overturning. Most of the passengers had been ejected.
Fonseca reported from Flagstaff. Associated Press reporters Ken Ritter and Michelle L. Price in Las Vegas, Terry Tang in Phoenix and AP/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative corps member Sam Metz in Carson City, Nevada, contributed.