Tour bus crash kills 4 near national park in Utah

Clay Curtis
September 21, 2019

All the passengers were Chinese nationals, while the driver - who was also injured - was Chinese American.

Two life flights were dispatched to the scene and victims were being transported to Garfield Memorial Hospital and Kings County Hospital in Utah, Dastrup said. Three of those people were in "fair" condition, the hospital said, while 14 remained in critical or serious condition.

Bryce Canyon is one of the most visited national parks in the United States, attracting some 1.5 million tourists every year. Updates on the conditions of all the patients will be provided at a later time, he said.

The highway has been closed in both directions while authorities investigate the crash. The team will arrive Saturday.

Four people are dead and dozens more were injured after bus crashed near Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. "We are thankful to authorities in Utah for their assistance".

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China's embassy in Washington tweeted that it has initiated its "emergency protocols" after the crash and sent staff to visit the injured.

The Chinese Embassy in the US expressed sadness over the crash in a tweet, thanking authorities in Utah.

Hie tweet continued: "I grieve with all who lost loved ones in this crash and I'm grateful for the quick work of first responders, as well as all those who are volunteering to act as translators".

Highway Patrol photos show the top of a white bus smashed in and one side peeling away as the vehicle rests mostly off the side of a road near a sign for restrooms. The park, about 300 miles (480 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City, draws more than 2 million visitors a year. The national park remains open.

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