At least dozen hurt in Utah bus crash

The tractor-trailer involved in a crash Monday night.

A tour bus carrying a Mexican music group was rear-ended by a semi-truck Monday night.

More than a dozen people were critically injured late Monday night when a semitrailer collided with a bus carrying a musical group at mile marker 211 on Interstate 70 in Utah, about 20 miles west of the Colorado-Utah line.

The bus probably was traveling slowly in the right westbound lane when it was hit by the tractor-trailer about 10 p.m., the Utah Highway Patrol said. The bus had not stopped, the patrol said.

The wreck demolished the cab of the semitrailer and the rear of the bus. The truck driver was not hurt.

The bus was returning to Mexico with a musical group that had performed in Denver, the Utah Highway Patrol said.

The bus was carrying 25 people, and 14 or 15 were hurt. They were brought to St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulances from Utah and Colorado and by the St. Mary’s Hospital CareFlight helicopter.

A van was bringing the passengers who were not hurt to Grand Junction.

The CareFlight helicopter brought two patients with Level 2 trauma to the hospital around midnight, according to dispatch reports between CareFlight and the St. Mary’s emergency department. Two male patients were on board; one was a 38-year-old man, and the second was a Hispanic man in his mid-20s. A trauma team was standing by at the hospital.

The semitrailer reportedly rear-ended the tour bus in the westbound lanes of I-70.

Cpl. Todd Johnson with the Utah Highway Patrol said no fatalities had been reported as of 11 p.m., and that he was unsure how many people were injured, although some patients were in critical or serious condition.

Westbound traffic was stopped at Exit 212. Eastbound traffic was not interrupted.


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