A bus accident at Grand Canyon West on Tuesday morning left one person dead and more than 50 others injured.
The bus overturned around 9:50 a.m. local time (12:50 p.m. ET) at Grand Canyon West, a popular tourist attraction on the Hualapai Reservation in northwest Arizona, according to Hualapai Emergency Operations.
Five medical flight agencies flew eight people with injuries to nearby hospitals, while the rest of the injured passengers were transported by car, according to Hualapai Emergency Operations
The accident occurred when the bus collided with a parked car. Following the accident, public access to Grand Canyon West was closed off for the remainder of August 1st.
An investigation into the accident is still underway by the the Hualapai Nation Police Department and Arizona DPS, so additional details are not available to the public at this time.
The bus accident follows a similar one in Jan. 2021, when a tour bus heading to Grand Canyon West flipped over and landed on its side on Diamond Bar Road, killing one person and injuring more than 40 others — two of them critically.
The tour bus company involved in that incident was not identified then, and it was unclear if the same company had any role in both accidents.
Where Is Grand Canyon West?
Grand Canyon West is a separate entity from Grand Canyon National Park, which is run by the National Park Service and located over 230 miles away by car.
Visitors travel to Grand Canyon West to see these attractions:
- The Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass bridge that extends 70 feet over the canyon rim and offers a breathtaking view of the Colorado River below.
- Eagle Point, a scenic overlook that features a Native American cultural village, a museum, and a replica of a traditional Hualapai dwelling.
- Guano Point, a historic site that was once the location of a bat guano mine and now offers panoramic views of the canyon and the river.
- The Zip Line at Grand Canyon West, a thrilling ride that lets you soar over the canyon at speeds up to 40 mph.
- Helicopter and aerial view tours, river rafting, jeep tours, and more .
Grand Canyon West is open year-round and is about a 2.5-hour drive from Las Vegas or a 4-hour drive from Phoenix.