Authorities work the scene where at least four people were killed in a tour bus crash near Bryce Canyon National Park, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Utah. (Spenser Heaps/The Deseret News via AP)

Tour bus driver in deadly Utah crash was on 1st trip

September 22, 2019 - 8:39 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Investigators say the driver of a tour bus that crashed in southern Utah and killed four Chinese tourists and left dozens more injured had recently been hired and was making his first trip.

Pete Kotowski of the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday they are investigating the driver's background, license qualifications and medical history. He didn't disclose his name, but said he's from California. NTSB has not yet interviewed him.

Kotowski says the cause of the Friday crash is still under investigation.

Utah Highway Patrol officials have said the driver swerved and might have overcorrected, sending the bus rolling over into a guardrail.

Phone messages left with the company listed on the bus, America Shengjia Inc. of California, have not been returned.

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