A bus carrying Chinese-speaking tourists crashed on Friday, Sept. 20, near Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, killing at least four people and critically injuring up to 15 others, authorities said.
Troopers are en route to a tour bus crash near Bryce Canyon on SR-12. Multiple Air ambulances and rescue crews have been dispatched. We will update as more information comes in. Please avoid the area and let first responders work.
— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) September 20, 2019
Thirty people, including the driver, were on board when the bus rolled over at about 11:30 a.m., Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Denise Dastrup said.
The bus slammed into a guard rail and rolled onto its side. Highway Patrol photos show the top of a white bus smashed in and one side peeling away as it rests mostly off the side of a road near a sign for restrooms.
It is possible the death toll will rise.
Multiple air ambulances, rescue crews, and other emergency responders were headed to the crash. SR-12 is now closed in both directions, about 3.5 miles west of the park. The national park remains open.
Further details were not immediately available, including the cause of the crash.