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Deadly bus crash causes restrictions on westbound I-10 near Quartzsite

Posted at 5:16 AM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 21:15:49-04

A deadly bus crash has restricted westbound Interstate 10 near Quartzsite.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the driver of the bus died in the rollover crash. Two passengers were flown from the scene to the hospital. Two others were taken to the hospital by an ambulance.

There were a total of 13 passengers aboard the tour style bus at the time of the crash. 

DPS says the right lane has reopened at milepost 10. Delays are expected in the area.

It is not known when the left lane will reopen.

Update: I-10 WB west of Quartzsite: Right lane has reopened at MP 10 after a crash. Expect delays. No estimate on reopening left lane.

— Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) July 3, 2017

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Phantom Regiment released the following statement following the incident:

A bus carrying staff and volunteers for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps was involved in a rollover incident early Monday morning just east of the Arizona-California border on I-10.

The driver of the bus died at the scene. Eight of the 13 passengers were transported to hospitals. All are expected to be released today. The passengers included members of the cooking, souvenir and tour management teams.

None of the performing members were involved.

Police are investigating the cause of the rollover, which shut down the highway for more than an hour.

The corps was on its way from Riverside, Calif., where it performed Sunday night, to its next show tonight in Mesa, Ariz. Several corps have offered their assistance to the Phantom Regiment organization. The Academy, a corps based in the Phoenix area, has provided volunteers and support. We have also received offers of assistance from corps on the same tour as well as others across the country.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our driver’s family and all those affected.

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