21 Oct 2012

Australians injured in US bus crash

1:02 pm on 21 October 2012

Australians passengers on a bus which crashed in the United States on Friday night after a visit to the Grand Canyon, escaped without serious injury.

AAP reports the bus was northbound on Highway 93 in Arizona on Friday night near the Nevada state line, when the driver is believed to have suffered a heart attack and lost control.

The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade in Canberra said the Australian consulate general in Los Angeles had been in contact with the Silver State Transportation Bus Company and Arizona police, who confirmed no Australians were seriously injured.

AAP reports those with minor injuries were treated in hospital but have since been released.

The Arizona highway patrol said all 48 passengers were injured, but 27 of them were 'walking wounded' with mainly bumps and bruises.

AAP said six passengers were flown by helicopter to University Medical Center in Las Vegas and 15 others were taken to hospital by road.