Ellicott School Bus in Black Ice Accident – 12 Injured
Tuesday night, a school bus full of middle school students crashed and ended up in a ditch. The passengers, a team of middle school basketball players and their coaches, seem to have escaped serious injuries despite a third of them being taken to the hospital.
The Colorado State Patrol says the school bus was traveling eastbound on Highway 24, five miles east of Peyton when it slowed for a vehicle in front of it. That caused the bus to slide on a black ice and spin out of control. The bus then rolled down a ditch.
A 31-year-old man was airlifted to the hospital while 11 others were transported by ambulance. That’s slightly more than a third of the 30 people on board at the time of the crash. The driver, a 65-year-old man from Simla, was reportedly unhurt. All in all, it is amazing that more people were not hurt.
KDVR‘s web staff bring us a bit more detail on the injuries:
State Patrol Capt. Chuck Cargin says none of the injuries appeared to be too serious, and all of the passengers were able to walk away from the bus. He says the lack of serious injuries is surprising.
Peyton Fire Chief Jack Rauer told the Gazette he was the second emergency vehicle on the scene and when he arrived most of the students had gotten out the back emergency exit of the bus and ‘it was chaotic.’
The cold months are upon us now, and road hazards ranging from poor visibility to black ice come with them. Be careful when driving. All it takes is one strategically placed patch of ice, and you can become a statistic. Take proper precautions and wear your seatbelts. This bus load of kids was extremely lucky, motor vehicle accidents like this usually take a higher toll on those involved.