Dallas Cowboys bus involved in fatal crash in Arizona

Associated Press

July 25, 2016

           

The scene of a bus crash is surveyed Sunday, July 24, 2016, on a highway in northwestern Arizona, about 30 miles north of Kingman. A Dallas Cowboys bus collided with another vehicle and authorities say at least one person was killed. Team spokesman Rich Dalrymple confirmed a Cowboys bus was one of two vehicles involved in the crash Sunday on U.S. 93.

PHOENIX A bus carrying Dallas Cowboys staffers but no players and a van collided Sunday on an Arizona highway, killing four people in the van, authorities said.

The bus occupants emerged uninjured from the crash, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said.

"All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises," Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul) said in an email.

Dalrymple said the bus was only carrying members of the franchise's staff but would not say how many. There were no players on board.

          

The wreckage of a van that collided with a Dallas Cowboys bus is seen near Kingman, Ariz., Sunday, July 24, 2016. Authorities said multiple people in the van died but nobody on the bus was seriously injured.

Mickey Spagnola, a columnist for the team's website, has been writing for the past week about traveling on a Cowboys bus with a driver, the team mascot and videographer. On his Twitter page, Spagnola tweeted before 2 p.m. that the bus was 80 miles outside of Vegas.

The two vehicles collided in the afternoon on U.S. 93, about 30 miles north of the city of Kingman or 180 miles northeast of Phoenix, according to DPS.

The crash shut down at least one lane of the highway that serves as the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

            

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper surveys the scene of a collision involving a van and a Dallas Cowboys bus Sunday, July 24, 2016, near Kingman, Ariz. Authorities said multiple people in the van died but nobody on the bus was seriously injured.

The bus was on its way to a Dallas Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas. Charles Cooper, manager of GameWorks entertainment center in Vegas, said the session with 50 to 75 fans was scheduled for 3 p.m. PDT. People were already waiting when the president of a Las Vegas Cowboys fan club called to relay news of the accident. The event was subsequently canceled. Cooper says the team mascot was supposed to appear.

After the Las Vegas stop, the bus was scheduled to go on to Oxnard, California for the team's training camp. Members of the organization typically take a bus two weeks before the camp starts and make stops along the way.