Bus heading to Grand Canyon rolls over; 1 dead, 2 critical

Authorities state a Las Vegas-based trip bus headed to the Grand Canyon has rolled over in northwestern ArizonaBy JACQUES BILLEAUD and FELICIA FONSECA Associated PressJanuary 23, 2021, 2:16 AM – 3 minutes readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePHOENIX– A Las Vegas-based tour bus heading to the Grand Canyon rolled over in northwestern Arizona on Friday, eliminating one person and critically hurting 2 others, authorities said.The cause of the wreck around twelve noon Friday was not yet understood, stated Anita Mortensen, a spokesperson for the Mohave County Sheriffs Office. It wasnt clear if any other automobile was included. A photo from the constables workplace showed the bus on its side on a curving road, without any snow or rain in the remote area.There were 48 individuals on the bus, including the chauffeur, authorities stated. After the crash, 44 individuals were sent to Kingman Regional Medical Center, including 2 flown by medical helicopter, spokesperson Teri Williams said. All the others were dealt with for small injuries, she said.Mortensen said two people were seriously injured.The bus was heading to Grand Canyon West, about 2 1/2 hours from Las Vegas and outside the boundaries of the nationwide park. The tourist destination rests on the Hualapai reservation and is best understood for the Skywalk, a glass bridge that juts out 70 feet (21 meters) from the canyon walls and gives visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) below.Before the pandemic, about 1 million people a year went to Grand Canyon West, mostly through tours reserved out of Las Vegas. The Hualapai reservation includes 108 miles (174 kilometers) of the Grand Canyons western rim. In addition to the Skywalk, it has helicopter trips, horseback trips and a one-day whitewater rafting journey on the Colorado River.The Hualapai reservation likewise has a road to the Colorado River where rafters who have licenses through the nationwide park can get on and off trips.Its likewise near where 4 Chinese nationals passed away in 2016 when their van collided with a Dallas Cowboys staff bus headed to a preseason advertising drop in Las Vegas.In 2009, a tour bus bring Chinese nationals reversed on U.S. 93 near the Hoover Dam, killing a number of people and hurting others. The group was returning from a journey to Grand Canyon.Federal investigators cited motorist negligence as the probable reason for the crash. The bus motorist was attempting to repair a problem with airflow through his door prior to the crash and became distracted, then veered off the roadway and overcorrected prior to reversing and crossing a median. Most of the travelers were ejected. The tour guide and 6 Chinese travelers were killed.John MacDonald, a spokesman for the Hualapai people, did not immediately have any additional info about Fridays wreck. National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Keith Holloway said he didnt right away have more details about the crash or about NTSB involvement.A spokeswoman for Grand Canyon West did not right away return messages seeking more info.—— Fonseca reported from Flagstaff. Associated Press reporters Ken Ritter and Michelle L. Price in Las Vegas, Terry Tang in Phoenix and AP/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative corps member Sam Metz in Carson City, Nevada, contributed.

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