A large van collided with the Dallas Cowboys bus on an Arizona highway, leaving four dead in the van. One male and three females in the van died at the scene due to their injuries. Their names are not available pending notification of relatives and family members.
No players were on board during the accident. The bus occupants have no injuries from Sunday’s crash.
Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said members on the bus came through alright, with minor bumps and bruises. Dalrymple says the bus was carrying members of the franchise staff but didn’t say how many were on board.
Video footage following the crash shows the two vehicles in a field on the side of the road. The bus appears intact and sitting upright, while the van appears demolished and mangled.
Mickey Spagnola, a columnist for the Dallas Cowboys website, has written about traveling on the Cowboys bus with a driver, videographer, and the team mascot for the past week. Spagnola tweeted that the bus was 80 miles outside of Vegas around 2 p.m.
The two vehicles collided 180 miles northeast of Phoenix on U.S. 93
in the afternoon. The crash closed at least one lane of the highway that serves as the main route between Las Vegas and Phoenix.
The bus was in route to a Dallas Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas. They scheduled the session with 50 to 75 fans for three p.m. Fans were already lining up when the president of a Las Vegas Cowboys fan club called to relay news of the accident. They canceled the event where the team mascot was supposed to appear.
After the stop in Las Vegas, the bus was scheduled to go on to Oxnard, California for the Cowboys training camp. Organization members usually take a bus two weeks before the beginning of camp and make stops along the way.