Church Group Bus Crash Seriously Injures 11-Year-Old
A bus containing a church group went off the road in central Colorado. While there were no fatalities, an 11-year-old girl whose identity has not been released is hospitalized with serious injuries along with seven other passengers who are reported to have moderate injuries.
The 38 other passengers on board were also brought to the Gunnison Valley Hospital with minor injuries. Oddly enough, the driver escaped unscathed.
The Associated Press covered the story, bringing us this synopsis of events:
The tour bus was carrying a group from Trinity United Methodist Church in Denton, Texas, to the ski resort town of Crested Butte when it crashed on Highway 114, about eight miles southeast of Gunnison, the State Patrol said.
‘The bus apparently failed to negotiate a curve, rolled off the road and onto its right side,’ Trooper Nate Reid told The Associated Press.
Domingo Ramirez, a reporter for the Star-Telegram, tried contacting the Fort Worth, TX-based company that owns the bus:
Officials with Gotta Go Express Trailways could not be reached Sunday.
The company reported having only one crash with an injury in the last two years and holds a ‘satisfactory’ rating, according to U.S. Department of Transportation records. The company has 33 vehicles and employs 71 drivers, records show.
According to a Colorado State Patrol news release, the bus was carrying a group from Trinity United Methodist Church in Denton. The ages of the passengers ranged from five years old to 71.
While winter conditions were evidently a factor, there is no word at this point about the potential for other contributing factors such as alcohol, distracted driving, etc. If anything notable comes out in the course of the investigation I’ll do a followup post here.
One thing we can all be glad of is the fact that while this was a serious accident, it was devoid of fatalities.