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Utah Tour Bus Crashes Near Bryce Canyon National Park, Tragically Killing 4


A tour bus crashed earlier today outside Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah, tragically killing at least four passengers and injuring dozens of others.

Utah Tour Bus Crashed into Guardrail, Rolled onto Side

Around 30 Chinese-speaking tourists were aboard the bus when it suddenly veered off State Highway 12 around 11:30 a.m. today.  The vehicle slammed into a guardrail before rolling onto its side, just 7 miles from the park entrance.

“My husband was outside and he heard it,” one witness told the Salt Lake City Tribune. “He said it was like a horrible thunder. It was terrible.”

Highway 12 is closed for 14 miles beginning at U.S. Highway 89 and stretching east to State Road 63. It will likely remain closed for hours, and authorities have asked the public to steer clear of the area.

At Least 30 Injured in Utah Tour Bus Accident

Multiple air ambulances and rescue crews are at the accident site.

At least 30 people were hurt in the crash, including 12-to-15 who appear to have sustained critical injuries.

According to CNN, the manager of the Bryce Canyon Resort — the only Chinese speaker in the area – is translating for the tour group.

Utah Tour Bus Crash Investigation Just Beginning

There’s no word on what caused the Utah tour bus accident, as the investigation is in the very early stages.

Highway 12 is a winding mountainous road, and considered one the most scenic drives in the nation. It connects several national and state parks, including Bryce Canyon National Park and Red Canyon on the Dixie National Forest.

Another bus crash along the same highway injured 11 Japanese tourists in 2010. Investigators later determined that the driver was distracted or drowsy when he lost control of that vehicle.

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