CSP: Bus Rollover Sends 11 to Hospital
KREX News Room
PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. Just after 7 p.m. on Saturday the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) responded to a bus rollover that resulted in 11 injuries in Garfield County.
CSP reports that a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) commuter bus was traveling westbound in the right lane of Hwy 82 near mile maker 16 when the bus encountered a slow-moving tractor ahead of it also in the right lane. The rear of the tractor had running and flashing lights but not a slow moving vehicle emblem as required.
The driver of the bus attempted to avoid colliding with the rear of the tractor by quickly changing lanes into the left lane. The driver of the bus then lost control and the bus began to skid. The bus passed the tractor during the skid, crossed the right lane and the front of the bus struck a concrete barrier on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes. Following the impact with the concrete barrier the bus rolled ¼ time onto its left side.
The bus had 12 adult passengers on board, all but one of them were transported to the hospital. Six passengers were transported to Valley View Hospital. Five passengers were transported to Aspen Valley Hospital. Of the injured, three had serious injuries, and eight had moderate injuries. The male driver of the bus had minor injuries and was cleared and released on scene.
The RFTA bus was transporting occupants on a regional route from Aspen to Glenwood Springs with scheduled stops between the two hubs. The bus was a full-size regional bus designed to seat 45 passengers.
All lanes on Highway 82 are open at this time. This crash remains under investigation.