Charges filed in tour bus accident

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. – The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office has completed its investigation involving a July 28 incident involving a tour bus that was swept down a wash by flood waters near Dolan Springs, Ariz.

The Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday that it has brought charges against the bus driver, Joseph Hernandez Razon, 52, of Las Vegas, Nevada, through the Kingman Justice Court with reckless driving, which is a criminal traffic violation.

The accident occurred Sunday, July 28, when a tour bus driven by Razon drove through a flooded wash and got swept away at Arizona mile post 16 on Pierce Ferry Road.  The wash took the vehicle approximately 4/10 of 1 mile down the wash where it came to a rest on a 45 degree angle.

There were 33 people on the bus and all were able to escape through the emergency exits.  No fatalities or injuries were reported.

The Sheriff’s Office has attempted to contact Razon by phone with the bus company, but the bus company said he is currently on leave.

Razon has been summoned to the Kingman Justice Court on Sept. 10, at 10 a.m.

Upon conviction of this reckless driving, the Sheriff’s Office said in its statement that it  intends to pursue Arizona’s “Stupid Motorist Law” for reimbursement expenses for the agencies involved.

Tour bus attempted to cross a wash when it got swept away, Mohave County, Ariz., July 28, 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office
Tour bus attempted to cross a wash when it got swept away, Mohave County, Ariz., July 28, 2013 | Photo courtesy of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office

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St. George News Asst. Editor Mori Kessler contributed to this report.


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  • Tinker Toys August 14, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Arizona is awesome for having a stupid motorist law. A similar law used in
    St. George would be great as we have an abundance of stupid drivers. I see
    texting drivers and people running red lights all the time. I do not think
    speed limits apply to Utah driver either.

    • JOSH DALTON August 14, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Finally somebody who agrees with me! You are my new Hero Tinker Toys!

    • Dr Andrew White August 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      And don’t forget the crazy U-turns.

      • Sweet Jude August 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

        Oh, shoot. That includes me…

        **sweating it profusely**

  • Blutarsky August 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Finally, Darwin’s Law has been officially codified. By Arizona, no less.

  • Dan Lester August 14, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Hey, I’ve always said the same thing. You can’t fix stupid, but you can put it in jail or at least get money from the stupid. I’d have this guy do time. The company said he’s on leave. I bet he’s on permanent leave from that company. At least he would be if I were in charge. He wrecked my bus and put clients in harms way.

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