NTSB holds press conference on deadly bus crash, driver was on his first trip as a new employee

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RICHFIELD, Utah (9/22/19) – The National Transportation Safety Board has been investigating the deadly crash that killed four Chinese tourists and injured over a dozen more Friday.

WATCH: Latest update from the hospital where crash victims were transported after the incident.

Hospital update on victims form fatal tour bus crash in Garfield County

Hospital update on victims form fatal tour bus crash in Garfield County https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/multiple-fatalities-injuries-in-bus-crash-near-bryce-canyon/

Posted by ABC4 Utah – Good4Utah on Monday, September 23, 2019

In a press conference held Sunday afternoon, the NTSB said the driver, who has been cooperating with the investigation, was a new hire and this was his first trip. They do have some information on his driving history but they are still working to confirm details of his driving record.

The NTSB said the 2017 Freightliner bus had 37 passengers including the driver. The bus is described as a mid-sized bus and was required to pass safety inspections and standards. The bus was equipted with seat belts.

NTSB said they will release a preliminary report in the next couple of weeks.

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UPDATE (9/21/19) – Utah Highway Patrol and investigators are working to sort out exactly what happened to cause the driver of a tour bus to lose control and crash into a guardrail, killing four of his passengers and injuring more than a dozen more.

ABC4’s Katie Karalis has been doing some investigating Saturday on the company who owns the tour bus as well as talked to a first responder who was on scene.

Her full report will be released Saturday night on ABC4 at 10 p.m.

What we know about the remaining patients at area hospitals:

As of 11:30 a.m. Saturday there were still 13 people in the hospital. 11 of them are at Dixie Regional Hospital. Five of the patients are still critical, five are in serious condition and one has been discharged. 

Intermountain Utah Valley Hospital still has two patients, both in serious condition 

The names of the four individuals who died were released Saturday night.

They are three women: Ling Geng, 68, Xiuyun Chen, 67 and Zhang Caiyu, 62 and one man: ZhongLiang Qiu, 65.

All victims are from Shanghai, China.

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GARFIELD COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Five people remain in critical condition after a bus crash that killed four Chinese tourists and injured dozens more near Bryce Canyon National Park.

Several agencies responded to the crash on Highway 12 in Garfield County late Friday morning.

Utah Highway Patrol said a tour bus with 30 passengers plus the driver was eastbound on SR-12 heading towards Bryce Canyon. The bus drifted off the road to the right. The driver overcorrected to the left and the bus rolled one time.

The bus landed on a guardrail during the roll and then came to rest on its wheels blocking the westbound lane.

SR-12 was closed for nearly eight hours while Utah Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street said Friday evening that the bus originated in Southern California, and the tourists on board were natives of mainland China.

The National Transportation Safety Board announced a 10-member team would be responding to the crash site on Saturday to begin a safety investigation.

This is developing story. We will continue to provide updates as details are released.

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