2 Killed in Fiery Las Vegas Tour Bus Crash
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Two people are dead and four hospitalized after a collision Saturday morning caused a Las Vegas tour bus to catch fire, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
In a statement, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said, via the Sun, that Jonathan Donner, 24, of Las Vegas, crashed his BMW into the Chevrolet bus, causing it to roll over and impact a pickup truck, then catch fire. Two passengers died at the scene.
The incident took place at the 1100 block of South Main Street at Charleston Boulevard, in the Arts District not far from Downtown Las Vegas.
The two deceased bus passengers, likely tourists, have not been identified, pending notification of their families. The three surviving tourists — Stefanie Kloeppel, 30, of Germany, and Brian Zerbee, 39, and Sara Zerbee, 34, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa — were able to escape the inferno and were taken to University Medical Center. NBC News said they all suffered from burns, along with another occupant of the bus, possibly the driver. Donner was also hospitalized, but the driver of the pickup truck was uninjured.
Police told the Sun that Donner was arrested on two counts of DUI resulting in death and three counts of DUI resulting in substantial bodily harm.
Juan Leon, the 33-year-old general manager of nearby Casa Don Juan Mexican Restaurant, was working when he heard the crash. “By the time we came outside, the (tour bus) was on fire,” he told the Sun. “The explosion was so big. A few cars stopped to try to help them, but there was absolutely no way they could help. We couldn’t do anything but sit and watch, really. It was really sad.”
Police said to the Sun that streets in the area were closed until mid-afternoon during the investigation. Authorities added these deaths were the 67th and 68th traffic-related fatalities within the Metro Police’s jurisdiction this year.
UPDATE: TOC: 7:06AM MVA Main St/Charleston Bl mini bus VS vehicle with fire, 4 to UMC, 2 fatal, PIO1 pic.twitter.com/ONEqNocia9— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) September 5, 2015
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