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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
A road runs through Red Canyon in Utah.   (Getty/ClaraNila)

(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.

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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