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Bus victims' families head to US

THE families of the victims in the Arizona bus tour tragedy are expected to get visas to the United States tomorrow.

The city's entry and exit inspection authority has handed over their passports to US consulate general in Shanghai today and visas would be issued tomorrow, according to Shanghai Morning Post.

The investigation into the accident that killed seven Chinese will probably take six weeks, said China's consulate general to Los Angeles.

Two among the eight wounded were still in a critical situation, the report said.

All but one of the injured were being treated in the University Las Vegas Medical Center and Sunrise Medical Center.

The accident occurred at about 4pm on Friday when a bus from a Taiwanese-run local travel agency carrying the 15 Chinese tourists and a guide to the Great Canyon from Las Vegas rolled, according to the report.

The crash happened on the No.93 highway, about 43.45 kilometers away from Hoover Dam.

Six tourists and the guide were killed at the scene, while the other 10 people onboard were sent to hospital immediately.

The group ? which included five people who skipped the bus trip ? included 16 people from Shanghai, two from Hangzhou, capital of neighboring Zhejiang Province and two from Hong Kong.

The group from Shanghai was reported to have been organized by Shanghai-based Donghu International Travel Service for separate customers, the newspaper said.

Donghu didn't dispatch a team leader but handled the group to DW Tours from southern California.

Agnes Wang, from Taiwan, has run the California-based travel agency for about three years, according to New York-based World Journal.

There were no safety belts on the bus, Shanghai Morning Post reported today. Some passengers were thrown out of the bus when it suddenly swerved from its lane and rolled over.

An insider told state media that Texas-based Galaxy Travel was in charge of the group but it sub-contracted the group to DW Tours without signing any paperwork, according to Beijing-based Caijing magazine.

DW Tours is a small agency based in San Gabriel, California, with only four buses, said the magazine.


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