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January 07, 2008

Eight Die in Major Ski Bus Accident in Four Corners

Thoughts and prayers for the victims of a major bus accident in the Four Corners area as they were returning from a ski trip:

A charter bus carrying people from a Colorado ski resort ran off a wet road and rolled several times down an embankment in far southeastern Utah, killing eight passengers and injuring about 20 others, authorities said Monday...

“When the vehicle was overturning, the roof of the bus split open and multiple occupants of the vehicle were ejected,” he said...

Roden said the bus was en route to Phoenix after a ski trip to Telluride, Colo.

A manifest showed 51 passengers were on board the bus when it crashed about 10 miles north of Mexican Hat, in the Four Corners region where Utah meets Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Rescue crews from all four states were sent to help.

The closest hospital was 80 miles north in Monticello. San Juan Hospital received more than 20 people, chief executive Craig Preston said. Ten to 13 still were being evaluated while others with more serious injuries were sent elsewhere.

I had considered driving to Wolf Creek. This is an extremely remote area on or near the Navajo Reservation. Monticello and Cortez are the closest towns and I am betting their hospitals are not even close to being able to handle this amount of traffic/injuries.

Prayers go out. This was a nasty storm and snow and ice had to make things even more difficult.

Posted by Justin at January 7, 2008 08:15 AM


Wow, that sucks and is way freaky. I've taken that bus to/from Telluride multiple times and was thinking about going next month on the same bus trip. Might have to re-think that and drive myself so I can have a seat belt.

Posted by: Tim H. at January 7, 2008 08:47 AM

More prayers. A relative was on a different bus coming from Telluride to PHX. No cell service made this a very tense time while waited to know more. I am very, very sad to know others were killed.

Posted by: mima at January 7, 2008 01:03 PM

Stay safe everyone.


Posted by: Michael at January 8, 2008 03:04 PM