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Indiana Woman Killed In Tour Bus Crash West Of Grand Canyon

Mohave County Sheriff's Office

Authorities in Mohave County continue to investigate the cause of a tour bus crash Friday afternoon west of Grand Canyon National Park. One person was killed and three were critically injured. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office says 53-year-old Boonville, Ind., resident Shelley Ann Voges was killed when the bus rolled and landed on its side. She was pronounced dead at the scene and three others were transported to local hospitals. They’re now in stable condition. Forty additional passengers were treated at Kingman Regional Medical Center and released. Most of the passengers were American with ages ranging from 20 to 60.

Officials didn’t identify a cause of the crash and are still investigating. But a fire official who initially responded said passengers reported the driver was going too fast and lost control on the busy road.

The Las Vegas-based Comedy On Deck Tours was operating the bus on its way to Grand Canyon West on the Hualapai reservation. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ryan joined KNAU's newsroom as executive producer in 2013. He covers a broad range of stories from local, state and tribal politics to education, economy, energy and public lands issues, and frequently interviews internationally known and regional musicians. Ryan is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a frequent contributor to NPR.
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