School bus crashes into trees near home south of Craig
May 5, 2011
Four people were transported to The Memorial Hospital without serious injury after a school bus went off the road Thursday morning south of Craig.
The accident occurred around 7 a.m. at 1679 County Road 35. The bus, driven by Patricia Hering, 70, was headed south to pick up students when it went off the right side of the road and crashed into trees in the front yard of a house, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Adam Winsett said.
The bus was carrying three students, two from East Elementary School and one from Craig Middle School, according to a press release from Moffat County School District. The three students and Hering were transported to The Memorial Hospital as a standard procedure, and the students were released to their parents, the district said.
"There were three passengers on the bus, none were seriously injured," Winsett said. "The driver of the bus was transported by ambulance, but she has no injury."
The school district said it sent another bus to finish the morning route as well as the run the after-school route Thursday afternoon.
Winsett said the cause of the accident was still under investigation but that Hering was issued a summons for careless driving.
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"There were no signs of braking, which is why it appears the vehicle was driven off the side of the road," Winsett said.
He said road and weather conditions did not play a factor and that the driver was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Stephen and Janese Swindler, who live on the property, were inside their house when the accident occurred. Janese said two of their children were outside with two neighbors waiting for the bus when the accident happened.
"I looked outside and saw the kids running (away from the trees) and then I heard this 'kaboom,'" she said, noting it was scary to have her children so close to the accident. "I'm just glad everything is okay."
Craig Fire/Rescue and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene.