LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) Three Japanese tourists were killed and six others sustained serious injuries when a bus carrying 15 people veered off a highway in Utah and rolled over, local police said Tuesday.
The six injured, some of whom were listed in critical condition, were taken to hospitals in Salt Lake City following the accident Monday evening, the police said. Six passengers who suffered minor injuries were sent to hospitals in Cedar City.
While local police and the Japanese Consulate General in Denver were trying to identify the passengers, Nippon Travel Agency Co. said Tuesday one of the people killed was a man in his 20s from Osaka.
The bus was en route to Bryce Canyon National Park, a popular tourist destination.
A newspaper in Utah reported that the bus crashed into the central divider of the highway at around 6:40 p.m. before veering off the road.
The three fatalities appear to have been thrown from the bus.
The police were questioning the driver, who is believed to be Japanese.
In Tokyo, the H.I.S. travel agency said 14 Japanese tourists were on the bus.
Among them, four were customers of H.I.S. and eight were traveling in a group from Nippon Travel.
The remaining two were KNT Co. customers, according to the agencies.
H.I.S. said its four clients were injured but none critically, while KNT said one of its customers, a man, was severely injured and the other, a woman, was slightly hurt.
Nippon Travel said it confirmed that one of its clients was killed and five were hospitalized. The agency was trying to gather information about the other two. It said it set up a unit to deal with the accident and would send an executive officer to the accident site.
Its eight customers were between the ages of 14 and 52, with two hailing from Tokyo, two from Aichi Prefecture and four from Osaka, according to Nippon Travel.
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