Colorado State Patrol investigating church bus crash that killed 2, injured 13
PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Patrol is investigating a church bus crash that claimed the lives of two people and injured 13 others. The charter bus was carrying a church group when it ran off a highway in southern Colorado and struck a bridge support, according to officials.
The Colorado State Patrol said the collision occurred around 2:40 p.m. Sunday on the southbound lanes on Interstate 25 about 10 miles north of Pueblo.
“Our condolences go out to the families of those involved in this crash,” the agency said on Twitter.
At this time we have confirmed two fatalities related to this charter bus crash. Our condolences go out to the families of those involved in this crash. We will provide further information as we are able. pic.twitter.com/sijgTQyRON
— CSP Public Affairs (@CSP_News) June 24, 2019
The bus was carrying 15 members of a church group from Albuquerque, New Mexico when it struck a bridge structure and then veered off the side of the highway into a ditch, according to State Patrol Cpl. Ivan Alvarado.
The Pueblos Chieftain reported the driver, a 22-year-old man, may have had an unspecified medical issue that contributed to the crash. The driver, whose identity wasn’t released, was ejected from the bus and died, according to Alvarado.
State Patrol said the 13 passengers sustained injuries that varied from minor to critical. Five people had to be extricated from the bus.
The bus was returning to New Mexico from a convention in Denver, The Pueblo Chieftain reported, citing Colorado State Police officials.
The group on board included high school students who were returning from the Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference in Denver, according to the Archdiocese of Denver.
Three medical helicopters and dozens of ambulances were dispatched to the scene. One person had to be airlifted to a hospital in Colorado Springs, while 12 others were transported by ambulances to area hospitals.
The collision caused extensive backups in both directions of the interstate, FOX31 reported.