At least four people are dead and multiple passengers sustained critical injuries after a tour bus crashed near Bryce Canyon National Park. According to the Utah Highway Patrol, multiple air ambulance and rescue crews responded to the scene of the accident. It occurred on Utah Highway 12 in Garfield County. The highway patrol said that 12 to 15 passengers sustained “very critical injuries.”
Details About the Utah Tour Bus Accident
The accident occurred approximately 3.5 miles outside of Bryce Canyon National Park. The highway patrol revealed that the tourists were Chinese speakers. A manager of the nearby Bryce Canyon Resort was brought in by officials to help translate. Lance Madigan, a spokesman with Intermountain Healthcare, said that many of the victims are expected to receive treatment at Garfield Memorial Hospital in Panguitch, Utah.
In a comment to KSL-TV, Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock said, "This is pretty overwhelming for a little county of 4,900 people. This is just horrible for us."
Highway 12 is a popular drive for Utah visitors because of the natural scenic beauty that it passes through. It is also popular because it connects multiple state and national parks. Bryce Canyon National Park is one popular destination. The park is located approximately 300 miles south of Salt Lake City and is known for its unique rock features and dramatic geography. The incident occurred near a highway rest stop located approximately 7 miles from the park. The highway is currently shut down in both directions as an investigation into the accident continues.
A Similar Bus Accident Happened in 2010
According to USA Today, a similar bus accident happened on Highway 12 in 2010. The bus was transporting a group of Japanese tourists. During this incident, 3 passengers lost their lives, and 11 others sustained injuries. Investigators determined that the driver was either distracted or drowsy when the bus drove off the roadway and rolled over. Our Utah bus accident attorneys will continue to stay updated on the situation.