Personal Injury

Yellowstone tour bus crash injures 26 passengers and driver

Yellowstone bus crash NPS photo Yellowstone tour bus crash injures 26 passengers and driverThree tourists injured when a commercial tour bus flipped in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., en route to Yellowstone National Park on Thursday remain in the hospital.

Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers investigating the crash say the driver of the bus may have run off the pavement and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to flip on its side. The bus overturned and slid perpendicular across both lanes of Highway 89/287 north of Colter Bay Village on Jackson Lake before coming to a stop. No other vehicles were involved.

All 26 tourists on the bus, most of them from China, were injured in the crash, as was the driver of the bus. Two of the seriously injured passengers were airlifted by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, where they are listed in fair condition.

The other 24 passengers and the driver were taken to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyo., for treatment. One of the injured passengers, listed in good condition, continues to undergo treatment for crash injuries there.

Authorities say the tour bus was traveling north on Highway 89/287 en route to West Yellowstone, Mont., through the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park when the driver apparently lost control of the vehicle. The crash stopped all traffic on the road for more than five hours Thursday during the park’s busiest time of year.

Motorists traveling between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks were directed to Jackson Lake Lodge and Colter Bay Village to wait out the road closure. Motorists traveling south were diverted to Flagg Ranch and Grant Village inside Yellowstone while the road remained blocked.

The crash remains under investigation. National Park Service officials told the Associated Press that the bus belongs to Roaming America Travel. No charges have been filed against the driver.

Sources:

Yellowstone Gate
Associated Press