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Utah Bus Crash Kills 6, Injures 21

October 3, 2002

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A bus carrying elderly sightseers on a fall foliage tour overturned on a remote forest road Wednesday, killing six and injuring 21, authorities said.

The bus’s brakes apparently failed as the vehicle turned a corner in Juab County, about 70 miles south of Salt Lake City, said highway patrol spokesman Chris Kramer.

The driver said he was thrown from the bus with a loose windshield and rode it ``like a surfboard″ for 50 yards on the highway, said Sgt. David Rumfield of the Utah Highway Patrol. Other passengers were also ejected.

The crash victims were identified as Jean L. Pell, 77, Lillian A. Oblock, 77, Joyce Reese, 74, Jacqueline C. Peterson, 76, Ramona Becker, 73, and Helen McMullen, 80. All lived in the Ogden-Roy area.

Randy Allinson, director of nursing at Central Valley Medical Center in Nephi, said all the injured were initially taken to that hospital because weather prevented helicopters from landing at the crash site.

By late Wednesday, all the injured still being treated at hospitals in Salt Lake and Provo were reported in serious or better condition.

Donna’s Tours, based in a Salt Lake City suburb, was taking the group on a tour of the flanks of 11,877-foot Mt. Nebo, the highest peak on the Wasatch Range.

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