Firefighters gather around a school bus that flipped near the intersection of Weld County Road 49 and Weld County Road 24 near Hudson, Colo., Thursday, July 12, 2018. Authorities say multiple people were injured when the school bus carrying 35 high school students crashed and tipped over on the rural road northeast of Denver. (Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP)

19 students hospitalized after Colorado school bus crash

July 12, 2018 - 10:38 pm

HUDSON, Colo. (AP) — The driver of a flatbed truck fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a school bus Thursday, injuring multiple Colorado high school students, investigators said. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gary Cutler said the truck drifted into oncoming traffic on a rural road and sideswiped the Greeley-Evans School District bus near the small town of Hudson, northeast of Denver. The bus, which had 35 people on board, left the road, rolled one and quarter times and came to a rest on an oil and gas site.

District spokesman Casey Pearson told KMGH-TV in Denver that 19 students were taken to the hospital, and the bus driver was the most severely hurt. Three people in the truck also were hospitalized.

Pearson said 29 students from Greeley Central and North Ridge high schools, four adult chaperones, the driver and a child of one of the adults were on the bus. They were headed back from a field trip at an amusement park in Denver at the time.

All of the people on the bus were able to get out by themselves, according to Stephanie Cooke with the Platte Valley Fire Protection District; the Colorado State Patrol tweeted that none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Aerial footage showed the bus on its side as a group milled around the accident site, which was dotted with multiple ambulances and police cars. The truck was nearby in a corn field.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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