Colorado Charter Bus Crash Tragically Claims 2 Lives, Leaves More than a Dozen Injured
Two people died tragically yesterday afternoon, when a charter bus carrying members of a Catholic youth group crashed along Interstate 25 near Pueblo, Colorado.
Charter Bus Veered Off I-25 South, Hit Bridge Embankment
Ten high school students and five adult chaperones from the Aquinas Newman Center at the University of New Mexico had apparently spent the weekend attending Steubenville of the Rockies, an annual Catholic youth conference in Denver.
They were heading home to Albuquerque on June 23rd, when their charter bus suddenly veered off I-25 South at mile-marker 109, just 10 miles north of Pueblo.
“[The bus] went off the right side of the roadway … and it collided with a bridge embankment,” Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Blake White told KKT-11. “After it hit the bridge embankment, it came to a stop shortly thereafter.”
The 22-year-old man driving the bus was ejected from the vehicle and died at the accident scene.
Although authorities also confirmed the death of one passenger, they declined to release any further information pending family notification.
At Least 4 Children Among 13 Injured in Colorado Charter Bus Crash
A medical helicopter flew one passenger to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, where they are currently listed in critical condition.
Paramedics transferred 12 others to area hospitals via ambulance.
Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo confirmed treating six crash victims, including four children. By Monday morning, three had been released, one was in critical condition, another was fair, and the sixth was listed in good condition.
St. Mary Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo also received six injured passengers. Only one remains at the hospital, another was transported to Penrose for further treatment, and four were well enough to leave the facility on Sunday.
Charter Bus Driver May Have Suffered a Medical Event
So far, it’s not clear what might have caused Sunday’s charter bus cash in Colorado.
Authorities are trying to determine if the bus driver suffered some sort of medical event, possibly a seizure.
Anyone who witnessed the accident should contact the Colorado Highway Patrol at 719-544-2424, especially if they have video of the incident.
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