As Bus Travel Grows, Probe of Fatal 2008 Crash Revives Push For New Safety Rules

The Washington Post

On Jan. 6, 2008, a chartered ski bus traveling over a ridge in southeastern Utah slipped off the edge of the road at a curve, dropped off an embankment and tumbled over.


Though the bus rolled just once, the force of the crash shredded the roof and rocketed all but two of the 53 occupants out of their seats and onto the side of the road. The two people not thrown were the bus driver, secure in his seat belt -- the only belt on the bus -- and a man in a rear seat whose leg had become stuck.
As a result of the accident, nine passengers were killed, and 43 others received injuries ranging from minor bruises to a blinded eye, broken backs and severe brain damage. Survivors remember a horrible night of watching people die in the dark in the mud.


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