6 killed in Arizona bus crash

Two men and four women were killed in an early morning bus crash in Arizona today.

The rollover crash involved the tour bus, two semi trucks and and “several” cars. The accident occurred at 5:27 A.M. local time on Interstate 10 south of Phoenix, when the bus is said to have rear-ended a pickup truck. Several passengers were thrown from the bus during the collision, and two 11-year-olds are among the fifteen injured riders taken to area hospitals. The rollover is said to have precipitated at least one additional crash, with a truck and a sedan colliding in the aftermath. Passengers in those vehicles are expected to survive.

The bus began its trip in Mexico, and was headed to Phoenix to switch drivers at the time of the crash. The bus is owned and operated by Tierra Santa Tours of Durango, Mexico. While 21 people were removed from the bus, some reports indicate a 22nd person may have been trapped beneath the bus.

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