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Tour bus driver pleads not guilty to reckless driving

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A tour bus lays on its side up against a bank of a wash, Sunday, July 28, 2013, near Dolan Springs, Ariz.

Arizona Bus Crash

A tow truck driver talks on his cell phone after assessing the location of a tour bus which was caught in flash flood waters and pushed down a wash about 300 yards from the road, Sunday, July 28, 2013, near Dolan Springs, Ariz. Launch slideshow »

KINGMAN, Ariz. — A man whose tour bus was swept down a northwestern Arizona wash has pleaded not guilty to a reckless driving charge.

Joseph Razon entered the plea earlier this month in Kingman Justice Court.

If he's convicted of the criminal traffic violation, officials can seek reimbursement for emergency response under Arizona's "Stupid Motorist Law."

Razon had taken a group to the Grand Canyon Skywalk in late July. He was headed back to Las Vegas when he drove into a flooded wash. The vehicle flipped on its side into an embankment, and all 33 passengers escaped on their own uninjured.

He's scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 29 for a pretrial conference.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Razon.

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