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Hit-and-run driver crashes with a Hayden school bus

Colorado State Patrol troopers are looking for a hit-and-run driver after a collision with a Hayden school bus Tuesday.

The school bus was carrying children and heading east on U.S. Highway 40 near mile post 115 at about 4:20 p.m. A white Ford pickup was headed west at a high speed and crossed the center line, colliding with the bus.

The left side of the pickup struck the left side of the bus. The pickup continued west from the scene.

The bus received damage to the left-side stop sign and lights, disabling that device. Neither the driver of the bus nor the children reported injuries.

The investigation is ongoing, and the State Patrol is seeking the vehicle. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the State Patrol office in Craig at 824-6501.

Failure to stop for a stopped school bus displaying flashing lights is a Class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense. This is punishable upon conviction by 10 to 90 days imprisonment, a $10 to $300 fine or both. This is in addition to a six-point assessment against the license of the offender.

In response to Tuesday's event and information regarding similar occurrences in past weeks, troopers from the Steamboat Springs office of the State Patrol are planning to step up enforcement in the areas of school bus stops on U.S. 40 and Colorado Highway 131.

In the coming weeks, motorists can expect troopers to be visible in the areas of those stops. In some instances, troopers will be riding the buses while in radio contact with troopers on patrol.

Campaign for Horizons tax today at county courthouse

The Campaign to Help Routt County Residents with Mental Retardation will host a rally at 9 a.m. today on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. Yard signs for the campaign will be available.

The campaign is promoting a "Yes" vote on Referendum 1B, a 1-mill property tax to fund Horizons Specialized Services.

Featured speakers will include Susan Mizen, executive director of Horizons, and Routt County residents with mental retardation and their parents or counselors. A letter from campaign Chairman Billy Kidd will be read. The rally will include music, free breakfast snacks and drinks.

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