Four Chinese Tourist Killed, Dozens Injured in Tour Bus Crash near Bryce Canyon National Park
BRYCE, UT (September 20, 2019) – Four Chinese tourists died in a bus crash on Highway 63 Friday morning near a highway rest stop in southern Utah.
The 2017 freightliner bus carried tourists from China. In addition, about 30 people aboard when it crashed off Highway 63, a few miles from Bryce Canyon National Park around 11:36 a.m.
The driver yanked the steering wheel to put the bus back onto the road, but the momentum caused the bus to overturn. Based on reports, the accident occurred on the seventh day of a 16-day trip. The itinerary included visits to Yellowstone National Park, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. They were to fly to the East Coast after the western U.S. stops.
However, three women and one man died in the crash. Officials identified them as Ling Geng, 68, Xiuyun Chen, 67, Zhang Caiyu, 62, and Zhongliang Qiu, 65. They all are from Shanghai, China.
All 26 others sustained injuries, 12 to 15 of whom suffered critical conditions. As a result, paramedics arrived shortly after the accident. After that, they transported most to Garfield Memorial Hospital in Panguitch. In addition, they rushed the others to larger hospitals in St. George and Provo for more extensive treatment. Some flown, some taken in an ambulance.
The driver, who is from California, suffered bumps and bruises. In addition, investigators are questioning the driver. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, he is new to the bus company and it was his first time driving.
The investigators will also look into the driver’s medical history. In addition, troopers took a blood sample from him. However, it has not yet been processed.
The NTSB will issue a preliminary report in a few weeks and will continue to investigate.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims involved in this sudden tragedy.
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