2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sgt. Nick Street, Utah Highway Patrol:
3. "You know the bus overturned. And then it went up on the guard rail on the westbound side of traffic. Now as you can see the guard rail behind us it's pretty clear there's that long horizontal section and there are vertical posts that support it and those vertical post along with the horizontal section were pretty damaging to the bus as it overturned and to the people inside. So, as I said there were four people that died on scene here. And then we had an additional five who had to be transported by air ambulance out of here. Of the 31 people on the bus everybody sustained injuries. That's 31 including the driver. All 30 passengers were from China, the Chinese mainland; they're Chinese nationals. We're working with their consulate to get notification to their families and other things."
Four people died after a tour bus carrying them and other visitors from China crashed, rolling onto a guard rail and leaving carnage and debris in its wake on a highway running through the red-rock landscape of southern Utah.
All 31 people on board were hurt, Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nick Street said.
Twelve remained hospitalized on Saturday, five of them critical.
Most were in St. George, where local Mandarin speakers were gathering to translate as well as find clothes and shoes for the people left with nothing when the crash threw their suitcases into the desert, said De He, a school district administrator coordinating the effort.
The tour bus had come up from Las Vegas on Friday morning.
The passengers stopping at the gaze at the sweeping canyons of Zion National Park before heading toward the otherworldly red-rock landscape of Bryce National Park, He said. Most of the tourists are older adults, He said.
Five passengers remained in critical condition Friday night, and the death toll could rise, Street said.
The crash happened near a highway rest stop a few miles from southern Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park, an otherworldly landscape of narrow red-rock spires.
The top of the white bus could be seen smashed inward and one side was peeling away as the vehicle came to rest mostly off the side of the road against a sign for restrooms.