1 dead, 42 injured after a tourist bus accident near the Grand Canyon Skywalk

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One person was killed and two others were seriously injured after a Las Vegas tourist bus crashed on its way to the Grand Canyon West near Dolan Springs, according to Mojave County police officials.

The accident was reported at about 12:20 p.m. It is near Milepost 5 on Diamond Bar Road, Sheriff officials said in a press release. The bus, which was carrying 48 passengers, including the driver, rolled over and landed on its side.

And announced the death of one of the passengers at the scene. The two critically injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals.

“It was a badly damaged bus,” said Tim Bonnie, chief of Lake Mohave Ranchus Fire. “It slid down the road out of sight, so there was a lot of debris.” Bonnie was in the first fire brigade to respond to the accident about 15 minutes after it happened. “Just to put it in perspective, on a scale from zero to 10, and eight.”

No passengers were taken out of the car, Bonnie said, but all were shocked. “Many of them were saying that the bus driver was driving at high speed,” said Bonnie.

The cause of the crash was not yet known, said Anita Mortensen, a spokeswoman for the Mojave County Sheriff’s Office. It was not clear if any other vehicle was involved.

Sharif officials said seven passengers with less severe injuries and 33 others with minor injuries were taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center.

The tour bus was from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West, just outside the boundaries of the national park, which is located at Hualapai Reservation.

John MacDonald, a spokesman for the Hualapai tribe, did not immediately have any further information. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Keith Holloway said he does not immediately have more information about the accident or about NTSB’s involvement.

Duane DeBruen, a spokesperson for the Federal Automobile Coach Safety Administration, referred the Republic of Arizona to local authorities for information.

Although Kingman Regional Medical Center had “a lot of COVID patients,” the passenger admission process was “under control” because most of them only had minor injuries, according to hospital spokeswoman Terry Williams.

The Central and Northern Arizona Red Cross tweeted that it was aware of the bus crash near the Grand Canyon and was monitoring the situation.

In 2009, a tourist bus carrying Chinese citizens capsized a US Flight 93 near the Hoover Dam, killing several people and wounding others. The group was returning from a trip to the Grand Canyon.

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