(Brittany Edney / LasVegasNow.Com)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2016, 9:54 PM
A Dallas Cowboys tour bus destined for Las Vegas collided with a van and killed four people along an Arizona highway Sunday.
Four passengers inside the mangled van that struck the bus died about 70 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Staff members traveling cross-country on a publicity tour were not injured in the deadly wreck along US-93, according to local reports.
The bus was not occupied by any teammates, said Cowboys writer Mickey Spagnola. In a blog post Thursday, Spagnola wrote he was embarking on his annual road trip with the team mascot, videographer and driver.
Arizona authorities lined the crash site, where photos show the tour bus — emblazoned with the Dallas Cowboys star — with a shattered windshield.
Longtime bus driver Emory Tyler — employed by the Cowboys for more than 16 years — stopped the bus from flipping, according to KLAS-TV, but the impact crushed the van.
To reach the victims, first responders ripped open the van’s roof. The crash littered the grassy shoulder with debris such as a shoe, pillow and various clothing.
The team was reportedly scheduled to do a meet-and-greet at a GameWorks in Las Vegas, before going to preseason training in California, KLAS-TV reported.