More than 20 hurt in tour bus crash in rural Arizona

Posted: Updated:
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- A tour bus flipped onto its side Thursday while on an agricultural sightseeing trip near the Arizona-Mexico border, injuring more than 20 people.

Yuma County Sheriff's Office spokesman Alfonso Zavala said the bus had been on a dirt road near a field and tipped over while attempting to turn on an embankment.

It was carrying 52 people.

Two of the injured were flown to Phoenix-area hospitals from the crash site, Zavala said. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The others who were hurt were taken to a hospital in the nearby border town of Yuma, about 150 miles east of San Diego. Yuma Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Jenn Lotz said the facility saw 24 people between the ages of 27 and 82. She said one was transferred to a Phoenix trauma center, 16 were discharged and seven were admitted to the hospital.

The hospital said most of the patients suffered minor injuries, but no other details on their conditions were released.

It's too early to say what caused the morning crash, Zavala said, but it appears the bus's back tires went into soft, sandy soil on the embankment. The bus had been on a dirt field-access road and was trying to reach another road alongside a canal.

The sheriff's department is investigating.

Agriculture tours are quite common in Yuma, known as the "lettuce capital of the world."

The group was on a Field to Feast agriculture tour organized by the Yuma Visitors Bureau. The agency said in a statement it was "extremely sorry that this accident occurred."

The tourism office conducts the tours between January and March to showcase local produce. Tours include a narrated motor coach ride through farm fields, along with lunch made from locally grown food.

The bus crash occurred as the group was viewing a field of cabbage and celery crops, Zavala said.

Uninjured passengers were taken back to their cars at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, according to the Visitors Bureau.

The bus is operated by Phoenix-based Tour West America. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Yuma tour office said officials were still trying to gather information.

According to its website, Tour West America provides charter service and tours via motor coach in metropolitan Phoenix, Yuma and surrounding lower Colorado River cities. The company also offers vacation and cruise packages.

Tour West America originated in Yuma in 1986.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

---

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- A tour bus flipped onto its side Thursday while on an agricultural sightseeing trip near the Arizona-Mexico border, injuring more than 20 people.

Yuma County Sheriff's Office spokesman Alfonso Zavala said the bus had been on a dirt road near a field and tipped over while attempting to turn on an embankment.

It was carrying 52 people, including 23 who were hurt.

Two were flown to Phoenix-area hospitals from the crash site, Zavala said. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The other 21 people hurt were taken to a hospital in the nearby border town of Yuma, about 150 miles east of San Diego. Four were in serious condition Thursday afternoon, Yuma Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Jenn Lotz said.

One of those patients will be transferred to a trauma center in Phoenix.

Most of the patients suffered minor injuries, according to the hospital. The facility also treated three others who were not among those initially transported from the scene.

The patients ranged from 27 to 82 years old, Lotz said. No other details about the injured were released.

It's too early to say what caused the morning crash, Zavala said, but it appears the bus's back tires went into soft, sandy soil on the embankment. The bus had been on a dirt field-access road and was trying to reach another road alongside a canal.

The sheriff's department is investigating.

Agriculture tours are quite common in Yuma, known as the "lettuce capital of the world."

The group was on a Field to Feast agriculture tour organized by the Yuma Visitors Bureau. The agency said in a statement it was "extremely sorry that this accident occurred."

The tourism office conducts the tours between January and March to showcase local produce. Tours include a narrated motorcoach ride through farm fields, along with lunch made from locally grown food.

The bus crash occurred as the group was viewing a field of cabbage and celery crops, Zavala said.

Uninjured passengers were taken back to their cars at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, according to the Visitors Bureau.

The bus is operated by Phoenix-based Tour West America. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Yuma tour office said officials were still trying to gather information.

According to its website, Tour West America provides charter service and tours via motorcoach in metropolitan Phoenix, Yuma and surrounding lower Colorado River cities. The company also offers vacation and cruise packages.

Tour West America originated in Yuma in 1986.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

---

23 hurt in tour bus crash near Arizona-Mexico border

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- A tour bus flipped onto its side Thursday while on an agricultural sightseeing trip near the Arizona-Mexico border, injuring more than 20 people.

Yuma County Sheriff's Office spokesman Alfonso Zavala said the bus had been on a dirt road near a field and tipped over while attempting to turn on an embankment.

It was carrying 52 people, including 23 who were hurt.

Two were flown to Phoenix-area hospitals from the crash site, Zavala said. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The other 21 people hurt were taken to a hospital in Yuma, a border town about 150 miles east of San Diego. Four were in serious condition Thursday afternoon, Yuma Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Jenn Lotz said.

One of those patients will be transferred to a trauma center in Phoenix.

Most of the patients suffered minor injuries, according to the hospital. The facility also treated three others who were not among those initially transported from the scene.

The patients ranged from 27 to 82 years old, Lotz said. No other details about the injured were released.

It's too early to say what caused the morning crash, Zavala said, but it appears the bus's back tires went into soft, sandy soil on the embankment. The bus had been on a dirt field-access road and was trying to reach another road alongside a canal.

The sheriff's department is investigating.

Agriculture tours are quite common in Yuma, known as the "lettuce capital of the world."

The group was on a Field to Feast agriculture tour organized by the Yuma Visitors Bureau. The agency said in a statement it was "extremely sorry that this accident occurred."

The tourism office conducts the tours between January and March to showcase local produce. Tours include a narrated motorcoach ride through farm fields, along with lunch made from locally grown food.

The bus crash occurred as the group was viewing a field of cabbage and celery crops, Zavala said.

Uninjured passengers were taken back to their cars at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, according to the Visitors Bureau.

The bus is operated by Phoenix-based Tour West America. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Yuma tour office said officials were still trying to gather information.

According to its website, Tour West America provides charter service and tours via motorcoach in metropolitan Phoenix, Yuma and surrounding lower Colorado River cities. The company also offers vacation and cruise packages.

Tour West America originated in Yuma in 1986.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

---

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- A tour bus crashed while on an agricultural sightseeing trip Thursday near the Arizona-Mexico border, injuring more than 20 people.

Yuma County Sheriff's Office spokesman Alfonso Zavala said the bus flipped onto its side as it went up an embankment while making a turn on a dirt road next to a field.

The bus was carrying 52 people, including 23 who were hurt.

Two were flown to Phoenix-area hospitals from the crash site, Zavala said. However, none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The other 21 injured people were taken to a hospital in Yuma, a border town about 150 miles east of San Diego. Most of them suffered minor injuries, Yuma Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Jenn Lotz said.

Those patients ranged from 27 to 82 years old, she said. No other details about the injured were immediately available.

The sheriff's department is investigating the morning crash. It's too early to say what caused it, Zavala said, but it appears the bus's back tires went into soft, sandy soil.

The bus is operated by Phoenix-based Tour West America. A woman who answered the phone at the company's Yuma tour office said officials were still trying to gather information.

According to its website, Tour West America provides charter service and tours via motorcoach in metropolitan Phoenix, Yuma and surrounding lower Colorado River cities. Trips include farm, rodeo and railway museum outings.

The company also offers vacation and cruise packages. Tour West America originated in Yuma in 1986.

© 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

---

23 hurt in tour bus crash on dirt road in rural Arizona

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- A tour bus crashed Thursday morning while on an agricultural sightseeing trip near the Arizona-Mexico border, injuring more than 20 people.

A Yuma County Sheriff's Office spokesman said the bus flipped onto its side as it went up an embankment while making a turn on a dirt road next to a field.

Office spokesman Alfonso Zavala said the bus was carrying 52 people, including 23 who were hurt. He said two of the injured have been flown to Phoenix-area hospitals.

Zavala said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, but no other details were immediately available.

The bus is operated by Phoenix-based Tour West America. A woman who answered the company's phone said officials are still trying to gather information.