A bus en route from Telluride, Colorado to Phoenix, Arizona crashed in southeastern Utah on Sunday, January 6th.
The Utah Highway Patrol stated that the Arrow Stage Lines bus was southbound on State Route 163 when it went off the wet road and rolled numerous times. The crash killed 8 passengers and injured 20 others.
There were about 56 seats and 51 passengers on the bus, all returning from a ski trip in Telluride. The exact cause of the crash is still unclear.
Arrow Stage Lines is a family owners charter bus rental and service business that has been around since 1928. The bus line serves Nebraska, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Arizona and Nevada.
The Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics reported that between the years 1999-2002, 325 buses were involved in a fatal traffic accident. In 2002, there were 359 persons killed in crashes involving a bus; 11 of them were bus drivers, and 44 were passengers on the bus. Other vehicle drivers and passengers represented the largest source of fatalities with 207 (57.7%) and non-motorists represented 97 (27.0%) of the fatalities.
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