DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) - A tour bus overturned on a highway
near the Hoover Dam on Friday, killing seven Chinese nationals and
injuring at least 15 others, the Arizona Department of Public
Six fatalities were confirmed at the scene, about 190 miles
northwest of Phoenix; a seventh person died at a Las Vegas
hospital, said Cmdr. Dean Nyhart with DPS.
Nyhart said the bus was traveling north on U.S. 93 when it
veered left and then right across the median. It rolled at least
once before stopping.
He believes all but one of the victims killed at the scene had
been ejected from the bus.
Nyhart said five people had suffered life-threatening injuries.
"We're hopeful that those people can be stabilized and at least
the death toll stop where it is," he said.
The driver of the bus was among those in critical condition, he
Nyhart said the tourists on the bus were Chinese nationals who
had flown from Shanghai to San Francisco. Investigators were still
searching for the bus manifest for more details on its route.
He said investigators were struggling to identify the injured
and were not certain how many passengers were on the bus or how
many had been transported to hospitals.
"We're hearing anywhere from 15 to 20. So we're not even sure
how many people were on board," he said. "We have passports, but
it's going to be very difficult to ID the dead because those that
are still alive are in critical condition. Many of the passports
were left in the luggage as people were transported."
Nyhart said the bus could hold 24 passengers.
The crash closed down U.S. 93 in both directions. The highway is
the main route between Phoenix and Las Vegas.