UPDATE: Bodies of tourists killed in bus crash returned to China

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NTSB suspends license

UPDATE 02/17:

Chinese media reports that the bodies of the six Chinese tourists killed in the bus crash have been sent overseas and arrived in Shanghai today.

UPDATE 02/04:

The following is a press release from the Department of Public Safety:

Investigators from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) are working together to determine the cause of this incident.

Driver: Han D. Dong, male 48, Rosemead, Calif., injured, admitted to a Las Vegas area medical center

Listed below are the identities of those killed in the incident on Friday January 30, 2009.

Meng Qui Sun, female, 19, China, deceased, University Medical Center (UMC) Las Vegas, Nev.

Yu Ching Chung, female, 15, China, deceased on scene.

Guo Ying Zhu, female, 45, China, deceased on scene.

Yong Shun Zhu, male, 39, China, deceased on scene.

Zhen Quan Sheng, male, 56, China, deceased on scene.

Xia Zhen Ge, female, 44, China, deceased on scene.

Tour Guide: Wen Ting Chen, male, 45, China, deceased on scene.

UPDATE 02/02: The company that owns the charter bus that crashed in northern Arizona no longer has a license to operate.

Seven chinese tourists died in last Friday's wreck on US 93 south of the Hoover Dam.

The tour bus was returning to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon.

Witnesses say the driver may have been distracted right before the crash and investigators suspended the company's certification today.

"One of the things that we do is that things are designed to work and operate in a particular fashion and we want to make sure that they were working the way they were designed and whether they were contributory or non-contributory to the crash," said investigators from the NTSB.

DW Tours owns two buses and employs four drivers.

The company was faulted in 2007 for not properly checking out drivers' drug and alcohol history.


The following is a press release from the Department of Public Safety:

Officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the NTSB are investigating a roll-over crash of a tour bus on US 93 south of the Hoover Dam where seven bus passengers have died and nine others have been injured including the driver, with five of those being life threatening for a total of 16 occupants.

Initial reports of total occupants were conflicted due to a language barrier. The cause of this roll-over crash will not be known for several days.

US 93 is a four lane divided highway in the area of this incident with the roadway being straight and terrain relatively flat.

On 01/30/2009 at about 4:06 p.m. Mountain Standard Time zone, Highway Patrol Officer's from the Arizona Department of Public Safety responded to a tour bus roll-over on US 93 at milepost 28.1.

Officers were able to determine the Bus was traveling northbound on US 93 when, for and unknown reason it traveled off the right side of the road, overcorrected, then traveled through the center median, and rolled-over onto the southbound lanes of US 93.

The Bus appears to have rolled over at least one time with several of the passengers ejected from the bus.

Six passengers died on scene and one died at University Medical Center (UMC) in Las Vegas, Nev. The driver is among the injured and is currently listed in serious condition

Several medical helicopters responded to this incident including our own DPS Ranger Air Rescue Helicopter stationed out of Kingman, Ariz.

Some of the helicopters had to take more than one trip in order to air lift patients from the scene.

Five patients were transported to UMC and five others were transported to Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC), Kingman Ariz.

Ground ambulance was also utilized to transport less critical patients.

Many area Police, Fire and Emergency Medical agencies from both Arizona and Nevada responded to this bus roll-over incident. The Nevada DPS Highway Patrol is also assisting us by providing translation services.