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School bus crashes into baseball field behind CMS

71-year-old driver was also at the wheel in May 2011 crash

A Moffat County School District bus crashed this morning into the baseball field behind Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., knocking down a light fixture and taking out part of the outfield fence. Jerry Delong, a Craig Police Department captain, said the female driver was the only person in the bus at the time of the crash. She has been transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig for treatment.

A Moffat County School District bus crashed Monday morning, knocking down a light fixture in the baseball field at Craig Middle School, 915 Yampa Ave., before the bus came to a halt.

The accident occurred around 8 a.m. Monday after bus driver Patricia Hering, 71, dropped CMS students off at the main building before starting her normal route back to the bus garage north of the school.

Bryan Gonzalez, a Craig Police Department corporal, said as Hering drove the bus back to the garage, she rear-ended the bus in front of her before heading in a northwest direction into the field behind the baseball diamond.

The Craig Police Department received the call at 8:07 a.m.

"As the bus approached the baseball field, it hit a light pole and ran over about 93 feet of chain link fence," Gonzalez said. "When we arrived, the bus was straddling the fence and the light pole was knocked over."

Jerry DeLong, a Craig Police Department captain, said the bus clipped a fence, sideswiped a building and hit a trash receptacle between rear-ending the other bus and crashing onto the baseball field.

Gonzalez said a private party transported Hering to The Memorial Hospital in Craig before he arrived at the scene and her injuries were not serious.

Hering was the only passenger in the bus at the time of the crash.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident and hope to have the investigation done today.

In May 2011, Hering was driving a school bus that crashed south of Craig, carrying three students.

Superintendent Joe Petrone said whether Hering remains a driver for the school district is a personnel matter and he could not comment.

"First and foremost, we want to make sure everyone is safe, and everyone has been checked out and I have been assured everyone is safe," Petrone said. "We are looking into property damage and working on getting the fence around the baseball field back up, but we do not want to get in the way of the ongoing police investigation."

Petrone said if a new light fixture needs to be purchased, it would not be done so immediately.

Jeff Simon, school district athletic director, said the Moffat County High School baseball games scheduled for Thursday and Saturday are still scheduled to be played at the CMS baseball field, with Thursday's game being moved up to 4 p.m. to avoid needing lights.