Photo by Jerry Raehal
Pat Duzik, a mechanic with the Moffat County School District, inspects bus No. 68 after it was rear-ended Wednesday morning. No one was injured in the crash.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Steamboat Springs No one was injured in a Wednesday morning crash between a Moffat County school bus and car.
The crash occurred at 7:30 a.m. near mile post 92 on Colorado Highway 13, when a white 1989 Toyota Corolla skidded into the back of a 1992 Bluebird school bus, Colorado State Patrol Trooper Doug Kline said. The bus was stopping to pick up students on its route and had its flashers on.
Kline attributed part of the crash to slick and snow-packed roads from Wednesday's storm, but also "a little bit more than that," he said. "There is a little bit of not paying proper attention : especially with the weather."
Craig resident Cody Fredrickson, 24, was the driver of the Toyota. He was ticketed for careless driving.
Students on the bus, which was driven by Natalie Simpson, were part of the School District's north route, which goes as far as 30 miles north of Craig, said bus officials on the scene.
Seventeen students and two bus drivers were on the bus at the time of the crash, Kline said. The bus route picks up and delivers students to all district schools in Craig, bus officials said.
Kline estimated the students had to wait half an hour before being transferred to another bus to finish the route.
Jim Baptist, School District transportation director, said the bus is in good condition after the crash, and was driven back from the scene.
"It didn't even damage the bus," he said. "The only reason we sent another bus was to get the kids out of the cold and get them to school in time."
The front half of the Toyota's hood was smashed under the bus.
Kline said the crash is a reminder for motorists to be careful driving in winter weather, pointing out the importance of keeping the proper distance and keeping safe driving in mind.
"It's just a matter of heeding the weather and being more attentive," he said. "We just need to be extra attentive."