• December 13, 2022

22 Injured in Tour Bus Crash on Icy I-84 near Tremonton, UT

Tremonton, UT — December 12, 2022, 22 people were injured when a tour bus crashed in a snowstorm along Interstate 84 near Tremonton.

Authorities say the incident happened around 4:30 a.m. along I-84 near mile marker 35, around six miles from town. Preliminary investigation suggests the area was heat by a heavy snowstorm that left roads slick. A Salt Lake Express tour bus was traveling along the roadway when the driver lost control while changing lanes. The bus slid off the road and overturned on its side.

Three or four passengers aboard the bus were critically injured in the crash; around 18 others received various non-life-threatening injuries. All were transported to area hospitals. The bus driver and its other passengers were unhurt.

The investigation continues. No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Bus Accident on I-84 near Tremonton

Preliminary reports mention the area had a lot of bad weather and icy roads when the accident occurred. Those conditions can heavily contributed to accidents--particularly for larger vehicles, which are much harder to rein back in once they go out of control--but is the weather itself really to blame, or should something else have been done to compensate for it?

I'm not eager to point fingers at the bus driver, but I know for a fact that people trained to operate commercial motor carriages get specific training in safe navigation on bad roads and in adverse weather. In a snowstorm most reasonable people would slow down significantly on slick roads, but commercial drivers are actually required to by law. If the bus driver should have slowed or even stopped to protect their passengers' safety, then there are some questions to answer about why they didn't--and what that might mean about their company's responsibility for the damage done in the wreck.

22 Injured in Tour Bus Crash on Icy I-84 near Tremonton, UT

To be clear, I don't know more about what happened than reports say. I'm not pointing fingers, just wondering aloud about whether this accident could or should have been prevented. Maybe something entirely out of the driver's hands caused it, and that possibility must be carefully considered too. That said, experience tells me that their inability to adjust to the weather--not the weather itself--caused the passengers' injuries. If so, it's important to find and secure proof of that as soon as possible.

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