A Greyhound bus veered off the shoulder of I-70 in Utah late New Year’s Eve, killing a 13-year-old girl and injuring a dozen others, including three in serious condition.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are on their way to the scene of the Greyhound bus crash in Emery County in the central part of Utah. The Utah Highway Patrol said in a news release that the Greyhound bus was traveling west on Interstate 70 to Las Vegas when it careened off the highway about 11 p.m. Sunday.
“The bus traveled into a steep wash and came to rest approximately 200 feet off the interstate,” the news release said.
A 13-year-old girl identified as Summer Pinzon, from Azusa, California, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. There were 13 passengers on the Greyhound at the time of the crash, including Summer’s mother, who was taken to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, with unspecified injuries.
The bus driver and two of the passengers were transported by air ambulance in serious condition to hospitals in Grand Junction, Colorado, and Utah Valley Medical Center in Provo. All of the others on the bus received less severe injuries and were taken by ground ambulance to hospitals in Price and Richfield, Utah, the Utah Highway Patrol said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation and a final report could take up to a year for NTSB investigators to issue. By law, bus drivers are always screened for drugs and alcohol following a fatal crash.
Authorities investigating the Greyhound crash will also look at other potential causes such as driver fatigue, distraction, health and fitness, as well as mechanical problems with the vehicle, weather conditions, and other motor vehicles., and other potential factors.
According to KUTV Salt Lake City, authorities said that “a passenger on the bus reported a possible medical issue with the driver.”
The Greyhound was traveling to Las Vegas from Green River, Utah, CBS News reported.