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Park Fire Brigade Assists At Mass Casualty Accident

Bryce Canyon National Park

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The park’s fire brigade was called out to assist at the scene of a mass casualty incident near Red Canyon campground in the Dixie National Forest late on the morning of Thursday, July 17th. The driver of a passenger bus lost control of his 40-foot-long motor coach, which slid down a small embankment before it rolled over onto its roof in a creek bed. The passengers, a group of teenagers, were able to scramble out of the overturned bus as it caught fire.  The vehicle was fully involved when the first engine arrived on scene, a unit from Panguitch, Utah.  Incident command was established and the IC requested resources from neighboring counties. Five engines, eight ambulances, and more than ten deputies and troopers from four counties responded along with eight NPS firefighters and EMT’s.  The fire was extinguished and the 55 victims were triaged and transported to Garfield Memorial Hospital.



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