Utah’s Deadliest Bus Accidents: A Look Back

Utah, known for its stunning natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities, has unfortunately experienced several deadly bus accidents over the years. These accidents have left families and communities devastated, and serve as a reminder of the importance of road safety. In this blog post, we take a look back at some of Utah’s deadliest bus accidents.Utah's Deadliest Bus Accidents: A Look Back

1993 Interstate 80 Bus Crash

On December 26, 1993, a Greyhound bus was traveling on Interstate 80 near Echo Junction when it slid on an icy patch and collided with a semi-truck. The crash resulted in 3 deaths and 41 injuries, making it one of Utah’s deadliest bus accidents. The victims were from various states and were traveling to Utah for the holidays.

2001 Charter Bus Crash

In 2001, a charter bus carrying a group of Mexican tourists was traveling on Interstate 70 when it collided with a rock wall, causing the bus to overturn. The accident resulted in 6 deaths and 34 injuries. The cause of the accident was determined to be driver fatigue and excessive speed.


2008 Utah Transit Authority Bus Crash

On August 11, 2008, a Utah Transit Authority bus collided with a freight train in Salt Lake City, resulting in 3 deaths and 9 injuries. The bus driver, who was among the fatalities, had reportedly driven around crossing gates that were down and flashing warning lights.

2019 Bryce Canyon Bus Crash

One of the most recent and tragic bus accidents in Utah occurred on September 20, 2019, near Bryce Canyon National Park. A tour bus carrying 31 passengers, most of whom were Chinese tourists, rolled over on State Route 12, resulting in 4 deaths and multiple injuries. The cause of the accident was determined to be driver error.

These deadly bus accidents serve as a reminder of the importance of road safety and the devastating consequences of negligence on the road. Drivers must always prioritize safety and adhere to traffic rules and regulations to ensure the safety of themselves and their passengers.

It is important to note that following these tragic accidents, steps were taken to improve road safety in Utah. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has implemented several measures to reduce accidents on highways and interstates, such as increased law enforcement presence, stricter traffic rules and regulations, and improved infrastructure.

Additionally, many bus companies have taken steps to improve the safety of their vehicles and drivers. For example, Greyhound implemented a driver fatigue management program and advanced driver training programs to reduce the risk of accidents caused by driver error.

It is also important for passengers to prioritize their own safety when traveling by bus. Passengers should always wear their seatbelts and follow instructions from their bus driver. If a passenger feels unsafe during a trip, they should inform the driver immediately.

While Utah’s deadliest bus accidents are tragic and devastating, they serve as a reminder of the importance of road safety. As individuals, we can commit to safer driving practices, advocate for improved road safety measures, and prioritize our own safety as passengers. Together, we can work towards reducing the number of accidents on our roads and preventing future tragedies.

The Brad DeBry Law Firm has extensive experience in handling personal injury cases, including those related to bus accidents. If you or a loved one have been involved in one of Utah’s deadliest bus accidents, the Brad DeBry Law Firm can help you seek justice and compensation for your losses.

Our team of experienced attorneys will investigate the accident, collect evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf. We understand the devastating impact that these accidents can have on victims and their families, and we are committed to fighting for your rights and holding responsible parties accountable.

We will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our goal is to provide you with the support and resources you need to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life.

If you or a loved one have been involved in one of Utah’s deadliest bus accidents, don’t hesitate to contact the Brad DeBry Law Firm. We offer free consultations and are available to answer any questions you may have about your legal options.