UPDATED: Fatality identified in Wednesday evening crash on Highway 40 east of Craig
A man is dead after his vehicle crashed into a transit bus near the Elkhead Turn on Highway 40 Wednesday evening.
Robert Boyer, 39 of Craig, is the deceased, according to Moffat County Coroner Jesse Arthurs.
The bus traveling from Steamboat Springs crashed into the jeep Boyer was driving on its way to Craig near mile marker 97 on Highway 40 at about 5:30 p.m. Emergency services were called at 5:34 p.m. in response to the crash.
Boyer’s jeep, traveling toward Steamboat Springs, drifted into the left lane, colliding with the bus head on, according to a spokesperson from the Colorado State Patrol. Boyer died at the scene. Twenty-one people were traveling on the bus to Craig, and five injuries were reported to CSP. A school bus arrived to take the rest of the passengers to their destination.
CSP did not suspect alcohol, drugs or excessive speed to have been factors in the crash, according to Master Trooper Gary Cutler.
Five injuries, including three serious but not life-threatening injuries, were sustained by passengers on the bus. They were transported by ambulance to Memorial Regional Health to be treated.
The coroner said that an autopsy for Boyer was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Community Hospital in Grand Junction to determine manner and cause of death. A toxicology report had also been ordered, but results were not expected for between three and four weeks, Arthurs said.
Craig Fire Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Department, West Routt emergency services, Memorial Regional Hospital Emergency Services, Moffat Emergency Management and Craig Police were all at the scene of the crash.
Colorado State Patrol is the primary contact for the incident.
This is a developing story.
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