Cops: Bus hit in Utah going slow

A tour bus involved in a traffic accident Monday night in Utah had been moving slowly in the right-hand, westbound lane of Interstate 70 when it was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, according to Utah Highway Patrol Cpl. Todd Johnson.

Johnson said Tuesday no citations had been issued, but an investigation is active in the crash reported around 9:45 p.m. near Cisco. Johnson said 13 people suffered mostly minor injuries. The crash location was about 20 miles from the Colorado-Utah line.

Two people suffered injuries described as non-life-threatening, and they were flown to St. Mary’s Hospital, Johnson said.

Johnson said there were 25 people on the bus, including members of a music group, La Autentica de Jerez, which was headed to Mexico from Denver.

Johnson said the bus had just crested a hill, when it was hit by the tractor-trailer.

The driver of the truck wasn’t injured. Alcohol and drugs were not suspected factors.

The Utah Highway Patrol said Tuesday both the semitrailer and tour bus were to be inspected for possible mechanical failure as part of the investigation.


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