Transit bus accident closes U.S. 40 west of Steamboat | SteamboatToday.com

Transit bus accident closes U.S. 40 west of Steamboat

Jim Patterson

Steamboat Springs Fire and Rescue personnel work to extricate an occupant from a Ford Explorer Tuesday evening following an accident involving a city transit bus. Several people were transported with injuries, one of them considered to be serious.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated.

A head-on collision between a Steamboat Springs transit bus and a Ford Explorer SUV late Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 42 sent several people to the hospital, one with reportedly serious injuries.

A heavy snowstorm that swept through the area Tuesday afternoon likely contributed to the crash, which also temporarily closed the highway west of Steamboat.

According to Sgt. Scott Elliott, with the Colorado State Patrol, the Explorer was eastbound on U.S. 40 when the driver lost control of the vehicle while attempting to negotiate a curve and struck the westbound transit bus head-on. The bus left the roadway following the collision and crashed into an embankment, Elliott said.

Three passengers on the bus were reportedly transferred to medical facilities with moderate injuries. An occupant of the Explorer had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported with injuries described as serious. A dog that was also a passenger in the SUV reportedly died in the crash.

The highway reopened by 6:45 p.m.

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Steamboat Today reporter Matt Stensland contributed to this article.

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