Bryce Canyon is the scene of a horrific tour bus that has killed four people and injured several more on September 20. Between 30 and 35 people were on board the bus at the time of the crash.
The Utah Highway Patrol tweeted that the crash occurred at around 12 p.m. local time. The crash occurred along State Route 12. SR-12 runs from Torrey, along the mountains, to the end of Bryce Canyon National Park. Those on board are Chinese-speaking tourists.
There Are a ‘Significant Number of Injured People’
The UHP says that multiple air ambulances are en route to the scene. As a result of the incident, SR-12 is closed and people are asked to avoid the area. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued his condolences in a statement saying, “My heart sank when I heard the news that a tour bus crashed near Bryce Canyon. 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.”
KJZZ reports that the bus hit a guardrail and rolled over. The exact number of those injured is unclear but is “significant,” according to Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Chris Bishop.
One Witness the Crash as Sounding Like a Bomb Going Off
The owner of Bryce Wildlife Adventure Museum told the Salt Lake City Tribune, “My husband was outside and he heard it. He said it was like a horrible thunder. It was terrible.” Another witness told the newspaper, “I was outside watering my deer. It’s only, like, a quarter of a mile away, and I thought a bomb went off. hen I got there … it was a mess.”
Bryce Canyon is located in the southern part of Utah, close to the border with Nevada, around 250 miles south of Salt Lake City. The park is not a single canyon but is many canyons which create natural amphitheaters. The park offers numerous hiking trails and campgrounds.
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