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Eleven injured in bus crash southeast of Glenwood Springs

Michael McLaughlin / The Aspen Times
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Eleven people were injured, some seriously, when a Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus carrying 12 people rolled onto its side Saturday night about 16 miles southeast of Glenwood Springs.

A statement released by the Colorado State Patrol says the bus was traveling westbound in the right lane of Colo. Highway 82 near mile marker 16 when it encountered a slow-moving tractor ahead of it, also in the right lane. The rear of the tractor had running and flashing lights but not a slow moving vehicle emblem as required.

The driver of the bus attempted to avoid hitting the tractor by quickly steering into the left lane but lost control of the bus, which began to skid, the statement says. The bus passed the tractor during the skid, crossed the right lane and struck a concrete barrier on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes.  After impact with the concrete barrier the bus rolled onto its left side.

All but one of the 12 adult passengers on board were transported to the hospital. Six passengers were transported to Valley View Hospital, and five  were transported to Aspen Valley Hospital. 

Three passengers suffered serious injuries, and eight had moderate injuries, according to the State Patrol.  The male driver of the bus had minor injuries and was released on scene.

The RFTA bus was transporting occupants on a regional route from Aspen to Glenwood Springs with scheduled stops between the two hubs. The bus was a full-size regional bus designed to seat 45 passengers.

The crash remains under investigation and this story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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