One person was killed and two others suffered critical injuries after a Las Vegas tour bus headed to Grand Canyon West crashed Friday afternoon near Dolan Springs, according to Mohave County sheriff’s officials.
The crash was reported about 12:20 p.m. near Milepost 5 on Diamond Bar Road, sheriff’s officials said in a news release. The bus, with 48 passengers on board including the driver, rolled and landed on its side.
One passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. The two critically injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals.
“It was a heavily damaged bus, he slid down the road quite a ways, so there was a lot of wreckage,” Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District Chief Tim Bonney told The Associated Press. Bonney was in the first fire unit that responded to the crash about 15 minutes after it happened. “Just to put it in perspective, on a scale of zero to 10, an eight.”
None of the passengers was ejected from the vehicle but they were all in shock, Bonney said. “A lot of them were saying the bus driver was driving at a high rate of speed,” Bonney said.
The cause of the crash was not yet known, Anita Mortensen, a spokeswoman for the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, told the AP. It wasn’t clear if any other vehicle was involved.
Seven less severely injured passengers and 33 others with minor injuries were taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center, sheriff’s officials said.
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SOURCE: USA Today; Arizona Republic