Tour Bus Goes Off Road Near Bryce Canyon, Killing 4

Air ambulances, rescue crews, bystanders help victims in Utah
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2019 3:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – A tour bus carrying about 30 people went off a mountain road Friday near Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, killing at least four people. At least a dozen other people were injured, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. A witness reported the crash sounded "like a horrible thunder. It was terrible." The Utah Highway Patrol tweeted that air ambulances and rescue crews were on their way to the crash site. The passengers reportedly were Chinese-speaking tourists. One hospital reported admitting three patients in critical condition, six in serious condition, and three in fair condition.

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The bus ended up on its side between Bryce Canyon Pines and the top of Red Canyon, a Garfield County commissioner said, per KSL. No other vehicle was involved, witnesses said. "This is pretty overwhelming for a little county of 4,900 people,” the commissioner said, adding, "we feel terrible for those who are injured and their families." The owner of a store nearby rushed to help the victims. "I tried to comfort a guy who was sitting next to his dead wife," he said. "It's pretty tough to [check] people's wrists and necks and they're not breathing." (Read more tour bus crash stories.)

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