Hayden school vehicle rolls with students aboard
Only one minor injury reported
Hayden — A Hayden School District vehicle rolled on Routt County Road 27 on Thursday morning with four upper elementary students aboard. Only one minor injury was reported.
“One student had a little cut on his finger,” Superintendent Greg Rockhold said. “We are extremely fortunate that there was nothing worse.”
The 1996 GMC Suburban, servicing the Twentymile Road bus route, slid off the road at about 7:40 a.m., four-tenths of a mile south of U.S. Highway 40, Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said. The vehicle went off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and rolled, coming to rest on its roof, Elliott said.
The driver, 29-year-old Camilla Wall, was cited for careless driving causing injury.
The school district is treating this morning’s crash as an “unfortunate accident” resulting from weather, Rockhold said, noting the bus driver did nothing out of the ordinary and followed all applicable training and regulations.
“I don’t think anybody driving along at 20, 25 mph could have avoided what happened,” Rockhold said.
The parents of the students aboard the bus all were contacted by about 8:30 a.m., Rockhold said. All four students went on to their classes at Hayden Valley Elementary School, though the parents of the injured boy opted to take him to the doctor to have the cut checked out, Rockhold said.
The school district’s vehicle was totaled and will have to be replaced, Rockhold said. In the interim, the Twentymile Road bus route will have to be combined with another route.
Hayden School District Transportation Director Richard “Festus” Hagins could not be reached for comment.
Snowy and icy roads greeted drivers across the county for their commutes Thursday morning, but no other injuries were reported, Elliott said. No injury accidents were reported in Steamboat Springs, Police Capt. Joel Rae said.
The chain law was in effect on Rabbit Ears Pass on Thursday for all commercial vehicles traveling both directions.
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