Four people were killed in a bus crash outside Utah National Park in Utah that left at least a dozen others with critical injuries, a state highway patrol reported in Friday.
Thirty people, including the driver, were on the bus Friday morning as they exited state line 12, rolled and landed, authorities said. Five people remained in "pretty critical condition" Friday night, Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Chris Bishop said.
Earlier in the day, the Highway Patrol said via Twitter that 10 people had received "minor to serious injuries" in addition to 12 to 15 people with critical injuries. All the passengers were from China, and the driver was Chinese American, Bishop said.
Investigations to date show that the driver "went out of the way for whatever reason" and then headed too far to the left, trying to correct the course, Bishop said.
The dead were killed on the spot, he added.
The crash occurred 10 miles east of the small town of Panguitch, according to a highway patrol. Authorities received calls about the crash shortly after 11:30 a.m.
"That's pretty out of place for a small county of 4,900 people," Garfield County Commissioner Leland Pollock told local news media. "It's just terrible for us and we feel terrible for those who are injured and their families."
22 patients were admitted to Intermountain Health Facilities and five others were transferred to another care location, spokesman Lance Madigan said, adding that all patients' conditions may not yet be described.
Nineteen passengers were taken to Intermountain Garfield Memorial Hospital in Pangicch for treatment, Madigan said. At least 14 of those people were in critical or serious condition, the hospital said. Three patients were taken to Sevier Valley Hospital in Richfield, Utah.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a 10-member team to arrive on Saturday to investigate the crash, the agency reported on Twitter Twitter [
Bishop said officials expect to finish their work at the venue on Friday night. But it can take weeks or months to reconstruct what happened.
Authorities will be pulled from the vehicle's data equipment at speed and will check where the bus is coming from, driver activities and whether it has been disturbed, Bishop said.
State Road 12 was closed after the crash, KSL.com reported.
In a tweet, the Chinese Embassy in Washington expressed sadness over the crash and thanked the Utah authorities for their response.
"The embassy has initiated its emergency protocols, sent personnel to the area and will assist victims as needed," he said.
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