At least four people are dead and multiple others critically injured after a tour bus crash outside Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
Multiple air ambulances, rescue crews and other emergency responders were headed to the crash on State Route 12, the main highway to the entrance of the park, which is located in central Utah.
The highway was closed and officials asked motorists to avoid the area if possible to make room for emergency vehicles, according to the UHP’s Twitter account.
Between 12 and 15 people sustained “very critical injuries,” according to the account. “We are confirming the tourists are Chinese speaking tourists,” a tweet says.
The crash happened near a highway rest stop about 7 miles from the park entrance. Bryce Canyon is known for its distinctive red-rock landscapes and is located 300 miles south of Salt Lake City.
A similar bus crash happened on the same highway in 2010, killing three tourists injuring 11 in a rollover at one of the points where the winding highway curves toward the national park.
Investigators at the time said the driver had been distracted or drowsy as he lost control and drove a bus full of Japanese tourists off the roadway, according to the Associated Press.
That group was part of a tour that started in Las Vegas and had made an earlier stop at the nearby Zion National Park in southern Utah.
Contributing: Joel Shannon, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
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