On Monday, April 22, a tourist bus traveling south through San Juan County stopped near what is known locally as “Forrest Gump Hill” when passengers became became aware of a bomb threat on the bus.
As a cautionary measure, passengers were evacuated and law enforcement agencies were called.
By the press deadline Monday afternoon, the evacuated bus was on the roadside on Highway 163.
The passengers were transported via alternate busses to Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley, where they had planned to visit and have lunch. Arrangements were still being made at the press deadline to get the visitors to Flagstaff, AZ, where they were reportedly going to spend the night. The passenger’s luggage had been left on the bus.
Traffic was diverted around the bus, with school students transported to their homes via alternate routes.
On April 15, three spectators were killed and more than 100 injured when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, MA.
After five days of intense search, two suspects were named. They were residents who had lived in the United States for several years. One was killed in a shootout and the other arrested after a tense standoff.