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Arizona town provides aid to hot passengers on disabled bus

Posted at 8:14 AM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 11:14:08-04

WILLCOX, Ariz. (AP) - Ambulance crews, state troopers, the American Red Cross and other emergency personnel provided aid to 37 passengers on Greyhound bus that broke down in the southern Arizona desert amid three-digit summer heat.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office a cooling center was opened in the high school in the town of Willcox after the eastbound bus had mechanical problems at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and the passengers began "experiencing distress due to the heat."

The National Weather Service said Willcox's high temperature Wednesday was 104 degrees (40 Celsius).

The Sheriff's Office said a statement that two passengers were released after treatment at the local hospital's emergency room.

The cooling center was closed after a replacement bus arrived at 7:15 p.m., allowing the passengers to continue their journey.