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1 person dies, 8 others are seriously hurt in tour bus rollover at Grand Canyon West

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GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. — One person was killed in a tour bus rollover involving over 50 people Tuesday in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, authorities said.

The bus rolled over just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, according to the tribal police department.

Grand Canyon West is run by the tribe but has no operational ties to Grand Canyon National Park, which is managed by the National Park Service.

The rollover involved 57 people; one person died and eight others were flown to hospitals. An undisclosed number of others with less critical injuries were driven for treatment, tribal emergency officials said in a statement.

The name of the person who died and details on the injured were not immediately released.

A private tour operator and a visitor's personal vehicle collided near the Grand Canyon West parking lot, tribal officials confirmed. They declined further comment, citing their ongoing investigation.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety assisted tribal police with the crash.

Grand Canyon West is in northern Mohave County at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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Bus crash at Grand Canyon West leaves 1 person dead, nearly 60 hospitalized

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A rollover bus crash in Grand Canyon West left one person dead and sent nearly 60 other people to the hospital, including several people with critical injuries.

Hualapai Emergency Services was notified of a bus rollover at Grand Canyon West, which is located within the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, at about 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Hualapai Emergency Operations office. The tribe's emergency services and first responders from multiple agencies responded and found one person dead with 57 individuals involved in the crash. Eight individuals with critical injuries were flown to nearby hospitals while those with noncritical injuries were taken by ground, according to the office.

No other information about the victim was currently being released, the office said. Information about what led to the rollover was not disclosed nor was information about whether any other vehicles were involved.

The Hualapai Nation Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety were investigating the case, the office said.

Grand Canyon West is located 127 miles from Las Vegas, Arizona on the Hualapai Reservation at the west rim of the Grand Canyon. It is not yet clear where exactly the accident took place.

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One person was killed and 56 others injured after a tour bus rolled over at the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

The accident occurred on Tuesday morning in Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Reservation, an area that includes the West Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Skywalk, an observation deck that protrudes into the canyon, some 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above the canyon floor.

A spokesperson for the tour company said the bus had collided with a visitor’s car by the parking lot.

Hualapai Emergency Services, GCW Air Rescue Fire, Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire Department, Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire Department, AMR ambulances, Bullhead Fire Department, and five medical flight agencies responded to the scene at around 9.50am.

The Hualapai tribe’s emergency operations said in a statement eight people who were injured “were flown to surrounding hospitals while the rest who sustained noncritical injuries were taken by ground transportation.”

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According to the statement, the cause of the accident is under investigation by the Hualapai Nation Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

It added: “The incident is ongoing and no further information is available at this time.”

According to the Grand Canyon West website the area “is a tribal enterprise of the sovereign Indian Nation of the Hualapai Tribe,” and upon visiting “you are entering the Hualapai Reservation where you can experience their heritage and rich traditions.”

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Grand Canyon West in northern Arizona reopens attractions a day after fatal tour bus rollover

Emergency personnel tend to a crash after a tour bus rolled over in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, Tuesday Aug. 1, 2023, in Peach Springs, Ariz. (Mark McDowell via AP)

Emergency personnel tend to a crash after a tour bus rolled over in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, Tuesday Aug. 1, 2023, in Peach Springs, Ariz. (Mark McDowell via AP)

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GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon West and its Skywalk attraction and helicopter tours was back in business Wednesday, a day after one person was killed and at least eight others hospitalized after a tour bus rollover in northern Arizona.

Hualapai tribal officials said a private tour operator and a visitor’s personal vehicle collided near the Grand Canyon West parking lot at around 10 a.m. Tuesday within the resort’s Corp Circle in Terminal 1.

They haven’t released any other information, citing their ongoing investigation.

Cheyanne Majenty, who is with Hualapai Emergency Operations, said the resort was open and fully operational Wednesday after being closed following Tuesday’s fatal rollover.

John MacDonald, a spokesman for the tribe, said the person who died was a woman but he didn’t have her name, age or hometown yet.

Eight of the 57 people aboard the bus were flown to a Las Vegas hospital and reported to be in fair condition Tuesday night. However, MacDonald didn’t have any names or updates Wednesday.

The Hualapai Nation Police Department is investigating the rollover, but the National Transportation Safety Board said it is not doing so “at this time.”

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Grand Canyon West is in northern Mohave County at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is run by the tribe but has no operational ties to Grand Canyon National Park, which is managed by the National Park Service.

Skywalk, which opened as a tourist attraction in 2007, is a 10-foot (3-meter) wide, horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge with a glass walkway on the edge of a side canyon in Grand Canyon West.

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1 dead, others hurt after tour bus rolls on its way to Grand Canyon

One person is dead and others were seriously injured after a tour bus headed to the Grand Canyon crashed in Arizona on Friday, the sheriff's office said.

The tour bus, which was managed by a Las Vegas company, was carrying 48 people, including the driver, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

It rolled and landed on its side around 12:20 p.m. on Diamond Bar Road on its way toward the Grand Canyon National Park, the officials said.

One person was killed, two others were in critical condition and seven others were also taken to a hospital with less serious injuries, the sheriff's office said.

Thirty-three other people on the bus had minor injuries.

The name of the tour bus company, and where exactly it departed from were not released in the sheriff's statement. The accident is under investigation, it said.

Photos of the scene showed the bus on its side. Some on social media described helping pull people out of the bus.

The Red Cross of Arizona tweeted that it was monitoring the situation. The agency provides shelter and other assistance to those in need following accidents and disasters.

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Grand Canyon West is about a 126-mile drive from downtown Las Vegas. It's on the Hualapai Reservation west of Grand Canyon National Park and has attractions like the Skywalk, which extends about 70 feet over the canyon's rim.

The Hualapai Tribe said in a statement that it and its business, the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation, is "deeply saddened" by the deadly accident.

"As a people, our hearts go out to those so deeply affected," the tribe said. "We wish speedy recoveries to those requiring medical attention."

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1 person dies, 8 others are seriously hurt in tour bus rollover at Grand Canyon West

GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. — One person was killed in a tour bus rollover involving over 50 people Tuesday in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, authorities said.

The bus rolled over just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, according to the tribal police department.

Grand Canyon West is run by the tribe but has no operational ties to Grand Canyon National Park, which is managed by the National Park Service.

The rollover involved 57 people; one person died and eight others were flown to hospitals. An undisclosed number of others with less critical injuries were driven for treatment, tribal emergency officials said in a statement.

The name of the person who died and details on the injured were not immediately released.

A private tour operator and a visitor's personal vehicle collided near the Grand Canyon West parking lot, tribal officials confirmed. They declined further comment, citing their ongoing investigation.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety assisted tribal police with the crash.

Grand Canyon West is in northern Mohave County at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon.

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GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. — Grand Canyon West and its Skywalk attraction and helicopter tours was back in business Wednesday, a day after one person was killed and at least eight others hospitalized after a tour bus rollover in northern Arizona.

Hualapai tribal officials said a private tour operator and a visitor’s personal vehicle collided near the Grand Canyon West parking lot at around 10 a.m. Tuesday within the resort’s Corp Circle in Terminal 1.

They haven’t released any other information, citing their ongoing investigation.

Cheyanne Majenty, who is with Hualapai Emergency Operations, said the resort was open and fully operational Wednesday after being closed following Tuesday’s fatal rollover.

John MacDonald, a spokesman for the tribe, said the person who died was a woman but he didn’t have her name, age or hometown yet.

Eight of the 57 people aboard the bus were flown to a Las Vegas hospital and reported to be in fair condition Tuesday night. However, MacDonald didn’t have any names or updates Wednesday.

The Hualapai Nation Police Department is investigating the rollover, but the National Transportation Safety Board said it is not doing so “at this time.”

Grand Canyon West is in northern Mohave County at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. It is run by the tribe but has no operational ties to Grand Canyon National Park, which is managed by the National Park Service.

Skywalk, which opened as a tourist attraction in 2007, is a 10-foot wide, horseshoe-shaped cantilever bridge with a glass walkway on the edge of a side canyon in Grand Canyon West.

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One person was killed and more than 50 others injured in a rollover involving a tour bus Tuesday in northern Arizona , authorities said.

The Hualapai Nation Police Department confirmed that the bus rolled over at approximately 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1 at Grand Canyon West in the Hualapai Reservation. Grand Canyon West is run by the Hualapai tribe but has no operational ties to Grand Canyon National Park, which is managed by the National Park Service.

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One person died after a tour bus and a vehicle collided in a parking lot in Grand Canyon West on August 1. (Grand Canyon West sign)

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Local Las Vegas station KTNV reported that a private tour with 57 people and another vehicle collided near the Grand Canyon West parking lot. 

One person died when the tour bus rolled over. Authorities have no shared details about the person who died during the incident. 

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Eight other individuals were air lifted to a local hospital. Details about the other injuries were not immediately released. 

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1 dead, dozens injured in tour bus rollover at Grand Canyon West

GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. (AP) - One person was killed and more than 50 others injured in a rollover involving a tour bus Tuesday in northern Arizona, authorities said.

The bus rolled over just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grand Canyon West, according to the Hualapai Nation Police Department.

Grand Canyon West is run by the tribe but has no operational ties to Grand Canyon National Park, which is managed by the National Park Service.

The rollover involved 57 people; one died, eight were flown to hospitals and others with injuries that were not critical were driven for treatment, police said in a statement.

1 dead following crash at Grand Canyon West

Authorities say a person is dead and dozens of others were injured, following a rollover crash involving a tour bus in the area of Grand Canyon West.

The name of the person who died and details on the injured people were not immediately released.

A private tour operator and a visitor’s personal vehicle collided near the Grand Canyon West parking lot, Las Vegas TV station KTNV reported, but tribal officials declined comment, citing an ongoing investigation.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety, which is also investigating the crash, didn’t immediately return calls.

Grand Canyon West is located in northern Mohave County on the west side of the Grand Canyon and the South Rim of the Colorado River.

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Grand Canyon tour bus driver fell asleep before deadly crash, investigators say safety regulations ignored

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Angela Tirschman and her family are crash survivors still living through the trauma of what happened last summer near the Grand Canyon.

Her 19-year-old son, Kyan Tirschman, is just thankful to be alive.

“I just remember him looking at me and saying, ‘Oh my God, my leg,’ and I looked at it and it was bad,” Angela said while holding back tears.

Kyan’s leg was badly injured when their tour bus crashed near the parking lot at the Grand Canyon on August 1, 2023.

“Some days are horrible. Some days we can’t get off our chair, but we go on,” said another passenger, Dorann Burgart.

Her granddaughter, 20-year-old Landri Burgart, was killed in the crash.

“She was always the light of our lives,” Dorann said.

Untold story of what happened 

All 56 passengers, including the Tirschman family vacationing from Maryland, started their day on the Las Vegas Strip. They boarded the tour bus on their way to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a popular tourist destination on the west rim of the canyon.  

“Camera roll on my phone goes from super happy Vegas to disaster,” Angela said.

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Dorann said they chose the tour because they could walk out on an acrylic walkway.

But they never made it that far.

The tour bus, operated by American Transportation Systems, was almost to the parking lot.

“And all of a sudden, we went down into a ditch,” Angela said. “Lots of people started screaming, and then it seemed as though we accelerated into the parking lot.”

The tour bus rolled over before slamming into three parked cars. Everyone on board was injured, according to initial reports.

“And I looked at my leg and it was open, and I saw the bone,” Kyan said.

Kyan was one of eight critically injured passengers airlifted to nearby hospitals.

“Watching him being wheeled to that helicopter was difficult,” said Angela.

Kyan has gone through countless surgeries to repair his leg and is still waiting for his nerve to regenerate. The photos of his injuries are too graphic to print.

“I had a skin substitute and then I had a wound vac attached to me,” he said.

Their family knew what happened, but for seven months they never knew why or what caused the crash until the ABC15 Investigators obtained the final crash report.

ABC15 spent nearly five months fighting to get the report, a public record, from the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

“There needs to be accountability,” Angela said.

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The driver of the tour bus admitted to nodding off before the collision, and investigators found the bus should have been out of service prior to the crash due to a tire “that was not within regulation,” according to the newly released final crash report.

The DPS report also found the tour bus driver, “should not have been driving due to being over hours.”

“A woman died, and there was Kyan’s injury and so many other people who were injured that it just, it makes me angry – really really,” Angela said.

Investigators said the tread on the right axle tire was so bad, steel was showing. The report also says the driver knew about the tire issue and failed to report it.

There is no confirmation the tire contributed to the deadly crash, but investigators concluded the tour bus and the driver should not have been on the road and both the bus company, American Transportation Systems, and the bus driver by all indications ignored safety regulations.

“It could have been prevented, but it wasn’t,” Kyan said.

Records show tour bus company had numerous safety violations 

Federal safety records show the tour bus company, American Transportation Systems, based in Long Beach, California, had enough safety violations to exceed federal safety thresholds subjecting the company to possible prioritized intervention action and roadside inspection.

Before the most recent crash, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show the company’s drivers were involved in two other injury crashes in California in January 2022 and January 2023.

Federal records show the company’s drivers had 18 violations for driving over their hour limit or for not keeping proper logs.

American Transportation has more than 100 buses in its fleet. The company had 141 maintenance violations in the last two years, several for tires with bad tread, according to federal records.

Families want accountability 

Dorann Burgart and her family are still not ready to talk about the day of the crash, but recently filed a lawsuit against American Transportation Systems and the bus driver claiming negligence.

She said three generations boarded the bus, as a part of a Route 66 trip. This is the last photo they have together at the Hoover Dam, taken a day before the crash.

Credit: Dorann Burgart

“If we can in any way help someone, if there’s laws that don’t allow mechanical issues on buses to be ignored,” Dorann said.

Dorann and her family said they are moving forward by honoring Landri, who was passionate about helping others and had strong faith.

“When it gets to be a bad day, then we have to remind ourselves that we have to live like Landri because she would want us to be happy,” she said.

Landri grew up in Waverly, Iowa, and was attending college at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls where she was expected to graduate in May.

“She was our only grandchild. We prayed for her for five years,” Dorann said.

The Tirschman family also wants the bus company and driver held responsible and said they plan to file a lawsuit soon.

“If there aren’t consequences, then what’s to stop this bus company from continuing to do it this way, where we ignore safety regulations,” said Angela Tirschman.

Two other lawsuits have been filed against the bus company and driver.

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said it did not issue any civil penalties against the motor carrier, but the driver was cited for fatigue driving.

The 68-year-old bus driver was arrested right after the deadly crash on suspicion of manslaughter, a class two felony, and booked into a Mohave County Detention Center. The driver was later released after the county attorney chose not to file charges.

American Transportation System declined ABC15’s request for an on-camera interview and did not provide comment about the final crash report.

An attorney representing the company said the matter is in litigation and, “we respect those that were injured and the family and friends that have been affected.”

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UDOT settles lawsuit over Bryce Canyon tour bus crash that killed four, injured dozens

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's Department of Transportation has settled a lawsuit filed over a deadly tour bus crash near Bryce Canyon National Park.

The 2019 crash killed four Chinese tourists and injured dozens of others . This week, a motion was filed in Salt Lake City's 3rd District Court where the lawsuit was dismissed and a settlement was disclosed. The families of Caiyu Zhang, Ling Geng, Zhonglian Qiu — who all died in the crash — sued. So did Liang Xu and Liangxiew Wang, who were in injured.

The lawsuit alleged UDOT had construction crews resurfacing State Road 12 near Bryce Canyon . The project was finished a day before the crash. The lawsuit claims there was no rumble strip to warn a driver they were veering too far off the roadway and that an unpaved shoulder left little room for error. The bus drifted, the lawsuit alleged, and the driver overcorrected and it crashed.

UDOT confirmed to FOX 13 News on Thursday it settled the litigation for $1.45 million. The agency declined to comment on the settlement except to say it hopes the resolution of the case brings some closure to the families of the crash victims.

"They are still grappling with the loss, honestly. This happened four or five years ago and dealing with the loss has been difficult for all of them," said Nathan Morris, an attorney who represented the bus crash victims in the lawsuit. "They are excited to hopefully put this chapter behind them and move on with the rest of their lives."

Morris told FOX 13 News the victims and their families previously settled claims involving the bus driver.

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Grand Canyon West Rim Bus With Helicopter & Boat

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Get to the bottom of the Grand Canyon by lunchtime, and back to Las Vegas for dinner! Experience the best of all worlds on the Las Vegas Rim-to-River Expedition. See stately Hoover Dam, the vast Mojave Desert, and ancient Joshua Trees by Motorcoach… descend to the very bottom of the Grand Canyon by helicopter at Grand Canyon West…cruise the Colorado River by pontoon boat. See a side of the Grand Canyon that is still “wild” and unspoiled by guard rails, and learn about Native American Culture of the Southwest in its environment…this is one of our most exciting Las Vegas Grand Canyon tours!

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Located in Arizona, not too far from Las Vegas, our Grand Canyon helicopter tours offer a number of ways for you to explore the amazing landscape in all of its natural beauty.

The Grand Canyon Visitor Center is home to a Papillon Helicopters Tour information desk. We highly recommend Papillon and Grand Canyon Helicopters for a truly amazing Grand Canyon Experience.

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours

Papillon Helicopter Tours are highly recommended.  Tours leave from the Grand Canyon South Rim,  Grand Canyon West and Las Vegas.  The tours include stunning views of Grand Canyon and surrounding area. Since 1965 Papillon Helicopters has been the world’s oldest and largest sightseeing company flying an estimated 600,000 passengers a year on its daily tours to the Grand Canyon.

Time: Approximately 30 minutes – 5 Hours

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  1. 1 dead and more than 50 injured after bus rolls over at Grand Canyon West

    Aug. 2, 2023, 6:40 AM PDT. By Julianne McShane. One person is dead and more than 50 are injured after a bus rolled over at Grand Canyon West on Tuesday morning, officials said. The bus rolled over ...

  2. 1 killed, over 50 injured after bus rolls over near Grand Canyon

    CNN —. One person died and more than 50 people were injured after a bus rolled over at the Grand Canyon in Arizona on Tuesday morning, local emergency officials said. A total of 57 people were ...

  3. 1 dies, 8 others seriously hurt in tour bus rollover at Grand Canyon

    The Associated Press. GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. — One person was killed in a tour bus rollover involving over 50 people Tuesday in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, authorities ...

  4. 1 dies, 8 others seriously hurt in tour bus rollover at Grand Canyon

    GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. (AP) — One person was killed in a tour bus rollover involving over 50 people Tuesday in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, authorities said. The bus rolled over just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, according to the tribal police department.

  5. Bus crash at Grand Canyon leaves 1 dead, 8 with critical injuries

    0:08. 0:56. A rollover bus crash in Grand Canyon West left one person dead and sent nearly 60 other people to the hospital, including several people with critical injuries. Hualapai Emergency ...

  6. One dead and 56 injured after rollover tour bus crash near Grand Canyon

    The latest headlines from our reporters across the US sent straight to your inbox each weekday. One person was killed and 56 others injured after a tour bus rolled over at the Grand Canyon in ...

  7. One killed, 56 injured as bus rolls over near Grand Canyon

    By Reuters. August 1, 20235:57 PM PDTUpdated 10 months ago. Aug 1 (Reuters) - One person was killed and 56 were injured when a bus rolled over near the Grand Canyon in Arizona, officials said ...

  8. Grand Canyon West in northern Arizona reopens attractions a day after

    Grand Canyon West and its Skywalk attraction are back in business, a day after a person was killed and eight others were hospitalized from a tour bus rollover in Arizona. ... Emergency personnel tend to a crash after a tour bus rolled over in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, Tuesday Aug. 1, 2023, in Peach Springs, Ariz ...

  9. 1 dead, others hurt after tour bus rolls on its way to Grand Canyon

    By Phil Helsel. One person is dead and others were seriously injured after a tour bus headed to the Grand Canyon crashed in Arizona on Friday, the sheriff's office said. The tour bus, which was ...

  10. 1 person dies, 8 others are seriously hurt in tour bus rollover at

    grand canyon west, ariz. — One person was killed in a tour bus rollover involving over 50 people Tuesday in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, authorities said.

  11. Grand Canyon West, Skywalk attraction reopen just one day after bus

    Emergency personnel respond to a crash after a tour bus rolled over in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk on Aug. 1, 2023, in Peach Springs, Arizona. (Mark McDowell via AP)

  12. Grand Canyon West reopens after fatal tour bus rollover

    Emergency personnel tend to a crash after a tour bus rolled over near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk, Tuesday Aug. 1, 2023, in Peach Springs, Ariz. (Mark McDowell via AP)

  13. 1 dies, 8 others seriously hurt in tour bus rollover at Grand Canyon

    Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 | 4:35 p.m. GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. — One person was killed in a tour bus rollover involving over 50 people Tuesday in northern Arizona near the Grand Canyon West Skywalk ...

  14. Arizona tour bus collision at Grand Canyon West kills 1, 50 injured

    Local Las Vegas station KTNV reported that a private tour with 57 people and another vehicle collided near the Grand Canyon West parking lot. One person died when the tour bus rolled over.

  15. Tour bus company had safety violations before fatal crash at Grand Canyon

    ABC15 obtained the preliminary crash report and the bus company's safety report in a deadly crash at the Grand Canyon. By: Jennifer Kovaleski Posted at 6:38 PM, Aug 11, 2023

  16. 1 dead, dozens injured in tour bus rollover at Grand Canyon West

    GRAND CANYON WEST, Ariz. (AP) - One person was killed and more than 50 others injured in a rollover involving a tour bus Tuesday in northern Arizona, authorities said. The bus rolled over just ...

  17. 1 dead after tour bus crash at Grand Canyon West

    1 dies, over 50 others hurt in tour bus rollover at Grand Canyon West. ... The Arizona Department of Public Safety, which is also investigating the crash, didn't immediately return calls.

  18. Grand Canyon tour bus driver fell asleep before deadly crash

    Kyan's leg was badly injured when their tour bus crashed near the parking lot at the Grand Canyon on August 1, 2023. "Some days are horrible. Some days we can't get off our chair, but we go ...

  19. UDOT settles lawsuit over Bryce Canyon tour bus crash that killed four

    and last updated 2:47 PM, May 23, 2024. SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's Department of Transportation has settled a lawsuit filed over a deadly tour bus crash near Bryce Canyon National Park. The 2019 ...

  20. Destroyed in Seconds

    Wembley, England - Evel Knievel's 13-bus jump crash. Albuquerque, ... Poland - a dance troupe's tour bus is hit by an F1 tornado. Albuquerque, NM 10/8/84 ... Grand Canyon, AZ - Robbie Knievel tries to set a world record by jumping over The Grand Canyon. He succeeds, but his landing goes bust and he tumbles across the dirt. ...

  21. UDOT settles lawsuit over deadly Bryce Canyon tour bus crash

    New video shows moments before Scottie Scheffler is arrested. The Louisville Metro Police Department released video from a fixed pole camera across the street that shows some of the interaction ...

  22. Grand Canyon West Rim Bus With Helicopter & Boat

    Experience the best of all worlds on the Las Vegas Rim-to-River Expedition. See stately Hoover Dam, the vast Mojave Desert, and ancient Joshua Trees by Motorcoach… descend to the very bottom of the Grand Canyon by helicopter at Grand Canyon West…cruise the Colorado River by pontoon boat. See a side of the Grand Canyon that is still "wild ...

  23. Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours & Rides

    Tours leave from the Grand Canyon South Rim, Grand Canyon West and Las Vegas. The tours include stunning views of Grand Canyon and surrounding area. Since 1965 Papillon Helicopters has been the world's oldest and largest sightseeing company flying an estimated 600,000 passengers a year on its daily tours to the Grand Canyon.

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    A list of all travel destinations including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Yellowstone, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Europe, Australia ...