The National Park Service said a bus carrying 26 Asian tourists flipped inside Grand Teton National Park on Thursday in the late afternoon on US 89 heading toward Yellowstone National Park. The accident closed the road for several hours, and it’s still under investigation. Preliminary findings appear to show the bus drifted off the pavement, and when the bus driver tried to get back on the roadway, he over-corrected which cause the bus to flip onto its side. There were no other vehicles involved in the accident.
The accident sent all 26 of the tourists and the bus driver to local hospitals. Two of the tourists remain at Eastern Idaho Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho where they are listed in fair condition while the third is at St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, listed in good condition.
For those who plan vacations to national parks this summer, it pays to slow down and pay attention. Along with more traffic on the roads, there is also more wildlife that can wander into the road. Grand Teton national park recommends the following driving safety tips within their park:
- Always drive wearing your seat belt.
- Always follow the posted speed limits. Be aware that on the main highway, the night speed limit is only 45 mph.
- Always check the road conditions before you leave on a trip.
- Weather conditions can change quickly and unexpectedly. Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
- Wildlife can be active near and on the roads, especially in the evening and early morning. Watch for animals on the road.
While your desire to get to your destination will likely be great, don’t jeopardize the safety of yourself and all those in the car by trying to get there too fast. The last thing anyone wants is to have a dream vacation cut short due to a preventable traffic accident.
(Photo courtesy of the national park service)