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Tour Bus Rollover in Grand Teton National Park

Tina Robinson2 years ago

Parts of U.S. 89 in Grand Teton National Park were closed down Thursday afternoon following a tour bus rollover accident that resulted in seven people being hospitalized.

Details of the Grand Teton Bus Accident

According to an ABC News report, the crash happened on Thursday evening on U.S. 89 north of Colter Bay Village, Wyo. on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park. A tour bus carrying Asian tourists is believed to have driven off the pavement, causing the driver to over-correct and send the bus rolling onto its side.

Reports indicate that:

  • Seven people were hospitalized following the accident; including
  • Two people who were airlifted to an Idaho Falls, Idaho hospital and are listed in fair condition.
  • The remaining five were taken to Jackson, Wyo. with non-life-threatening injuries.
  • The additional 20 passengers on the bus were also taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

A spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park, Jackie Skaggs, told reporters that the road was closed for about four hours following the crash.

Tour Bus Accident Statistics

A 2011 report released by the AAA found that in 2010 alone there were 46 fatalities and 363 injuries associated with motor coach accidents nationwide. The report also notes that about 78 percent of deaths in roll-over crashes were the result of ejections. AAA also observed that while motor coach accidents are rare when compared to automobile crashes, these types of accidents have the potential to cause injuries and deaths to large numbers of people at once.

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