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Letter: SSHS hockey family grateful for skilled driving in wreck involving school bus

Shortly after 11 p.m. Dec. 3, returning home from a two-game road trip to Denver, the Steamboat Springs High School junior varsity hockey team bus was in a head-on collision along U.S. Highway 40 near Wolford Mountain Reservoir.

A young woman traveling in the opposite direction lost control on the snow-covered road and hit the front of the bus on the driver’s side. As it was described to me, the bus immediately lost power steering and began to dangerously swerve from side to side down the road. Somehow, driver Tammie Mader was able to keep the bus from sliding off the road until she could regain control and safely stop. All 17 players, two coaches and Tammie were safe, and miraculously, the other driver was found unharmed inside her severely damaged vehicle.

In less than an hour, Steamboat Springs School District Transportation Director Casey Ungs coordinated with West Grand Transportation Director Bethany Aurin to get a bus from Kremmling to transport the team and their gear the rest of the way home. They arrived safely at Howelsen Ice Arena just before 2 a.m. with Tammie waving and smiling in the driver’s seat.

On behalf of the entire Steamboat Springs High School hockey family, I want to sincerely thank Tammie Mader for her skilled driving and cool head that kept our boys and coaches safe that night. It’s easy to think of all the ways the situation could have gone differently, and our gratitude toward Tammie is immeasurable. I also want to thank Casey Ungs and Bethany Aurin for their immediate response in sending another bus and getting our team off the side of the road as quickly as possible. The coordination and response from all involved are truly appreciated.

Please remember to appreciate and thank our school bus drivers. They are rockstars!

Rebecca Bessey

Steamboat Springs

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