Meeker students admitted to TMH

Crash victims listed in good condition

Six Meeker students were transported to The Memorial Hospital on Saturday night after the school bus they were in was struck by an oncoming car, the Colorado State Patrol reported.

The driver and passenger of the car also were transported to the hospital, CSP troopers reported.

Hospital spokeswoman Pamala Thompson reported Sunday that five students admitted to TMH have been released from care. Three others -- the car's driver and passenger and a 16-year-old student -- were in good condition on Sunday.

The student was scheduled to be released from care Sunday evening, while the driver and passenger of the care were scheduled to be released today, Thompson said.

The accident occurred about 8:30 p.m. just north of Colowyo Coal Mine on Colorado Highway 13, near milepost 66.

According to the CSP report, the 14-passenger bus contained 12 passengers -- a driver and 11 members of a Meeker School District sports team. While driving southbound, a four-door Nissan Altima heading northbound drifted into the oncoming lane and struck the front driver's side of the school bus.

The school bus then rotated 180 degrees and rolled a quarter time before sliding to rest in the northbound lane.

The Nissan traveled off the southbound shoulder, coming to rest 25 feet from the edge of the road, troopers reported.

The driver of the passenger vehicle had to be extricated from the vehicle.

The CSP also reported that airbags were deployed in the bus and Nissan.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.

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