Cowboys’ Team Bus Collided With a Van in Western Arizona, Killing 4

No players or coaches were aboard the Cowboys bus at the time.

Four people were killed when a Dallas Cowboys bus collided with a van in Arizona.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr said one male and three females passengers in the van died in Sunday's crash. Their identities have not yet been released.

Mehr didn't say what led to the crash on U.S. 93 in western Arizona.

Dallas Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said the bus had no players, only staff members on board.

"All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises," Dalrymple said in an email.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released the following statement Monday afternoon:

“An accident involving loss of life is tragic. We as an organization are deeply saddened, and our thoughts, prayers and concerns at this time are with the family members and loved ones of all who were lost.”

According to the Department of Public Safety, the collision occurred at a highway intersection about 30 miles north of the city of Kingman. The bus was en route to Las Vegas for an afternoon fan event where organizers say the team's mascot was expected to appear.

Charles Cooper, manager of GameWorks entertainment center in Vegas, said a fan event with 50 to 75 fans was scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday. He said people were already waiting when an organizer called and said the event would have to be canceled because of the crash.

Cooper saids the team mascot was supposed to appear. He didn't know if any players were expected.

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.

Associated Press sportswriters Schuyler Dixon and Stephen Hawkins in Dallas contributed to this report.

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