Long Beach Girl Killed, 23 Hurt as Bus Flips on Utah Highway

Times Staff Writer

One student was killed and 23 others were injured Monday when a bus packed with Long Beach high school students on a ski trip flipped on its side on an icy highway about 75 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Christin Baker, a 17-year-old cheerleader and honor student, was crushed to death after she was thrown from the chartered Greyhound bus and it rolled on top of her, a Utah Highway Patrol spokeswoman said.

The accident occurred about 6:30 a.m. on Interstate 15 about three miles from Nephi, Utah. The bus was loaded with more than 40 youths from Wilson High School bound for Sun Valley, Ida. Peggy Smith, a Highway Patrol radio dispatcher, said the bus, which was loaded with more than 40 youths from Wilson High School in Long Beach, flipped on its side after skidding on a patch of ice.

Karen Rossebo, 17, was listed in serious condition at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo with a crushed pelvis and broken legs, Smith said.


Four other youths were being held overnight for observation at two other area hospitals. The remainder of the teen-agers were treated for bruises and released.

The bus was one of five bound for Sun Valley, Idaho, as part of a week-long ski trip sponsored by Explorer Scout Post 837 in Long Beach, which is composed mostly of students from Wilson High.