A bus carrying 26 Asian tourists flipped over on its side along a busy highway in Grand Teton National Park, with eight people being injured and hospitalized, officials said.
The other 19 people on the bus – that carried 26 tourists and one driver – were taken to a hospital but released after the crash Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Two of the victims were airlifted to a medical center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and were listed in fair condition Friday, a hospital spokesman said. Six were admitted to a hospital in Jackson, Wyoming where they were said to be in good or fair condition, a spokeswoman said.
Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said that most of the passengers aboard the bus were from China. She didn’t know what other countries the passengers hailed from but said all were from Asia.
No other vehicles were involved in the bus crash, which took place on U.S. 89 north of Colter Bay Village on Jackson Lake. Authorities believe the 33-foot-long bus went off the pavement and the driver overcorrected, causing the bus to flip on its side, Skaggs said. She didn’t know how far the bus skidded once it flipped on its side.
The accident closed U.S. 89 for about five hours. The highway runs north-south through he park and connects Grand Teton National Park with Yellowstone National Park to the north. The bus was heading for Yellowstone when it crashed. The highway reopened at 9:20 p.m. Skaggs said.
The bus driver is among the 8 injured taken to the Jackson hospital. It is not immediately known if he has been discharged. His name hasn’t been released.
The driver stayed with the vehicle until all passengers had been attended to and was then taken to the hospital by a park ranger, Skaggs said. No charges have been filed.