Four Chinese Tourists Killed, 12 Others Hospitalized After Bus Headed to Monterey Park Crashes in Utah
Four Chinese tourists were killed and at least a dozen others were hospitalized with injuries after a tour bus bound for Monterey Park in Los Angeles County crashed in southern Utah on Sept. 20. According to a KTLA news report, the victims have been identified as Ling Geng, 68, Xiuyun Chen, 67, Zhang Caiyu, 62, and Zhongliang Qui, 65. They were all from Shanghai, China, and were part of a tour group organized by Shanghai Zhuyuan International Travel Agency comprising 29 tourists and one tour leader.
Major Rollover Collision
Five passengers remain in critical condition and Utah officials are expecting the death toll from this horrific bus accident to increase. All 31 people on board the tour bus were hurt. Twelve to 15 on board were considered to be in critical condition immediately after the crash, but several of them have since improved, Utah Highway Patrol officials said, adding that not everyone on board was buckled up, which is quite common in tour buses.
We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims for their tragic losses. We also wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
The fatal bus accident occurred near a highway rest stop a few miles from southern Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. Authorities believe the bus driver swerved on the way to the park the morning of Sept. 20. But when he yanked the steering wheel to put the bus back on the road, the momentum sent the bus rolling over, officials said. The driver, who is an American citizen, survived and is talking with investigators.
Officials say they don’t believe the driver was intoxicated, but that they are still investigating his condition and looking into whether the bus had any mechanical problems. Officials said even though it was windy, the winds weren’t strong enough to cause problems. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will also investigate this incident. The bus company, American Shengjia, Inc. is based in Monterey Park, California. At least 17 people were taken to hospitals, including three in critical condition and 11 in serious condition. Data show that about 87,000 people from China visited Utah last year alone. More than half of visitors from China travel on tour buses, officials said.
We trust officials are looking into all possible causes of this collision including driver impairment, driver fatigue, mechanical issues, distraction, etc. In such cases, it would be in the best interest of injured victims and families of deceased crash victims to seek the counsel of an experienced Los Angeles bus accident lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. There are a number of parties that could potentially be held liable in these types of cases.