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School Bus Collision in Penrose

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School busA school bus accident in Penrose, Colorado left a teenager hospitalized with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries last friday. The school bus from the Florence-Penrose school district collided with a pickup truck as it went through an intersection, and was sent spinning. As scary as this accident was, it could have been far worse. Fortunately, the other passengers suffered nothing more than a few bruises.

Carie Canterbury, a reporter for the Canon City Daily Record, brings us some details:

A release by the CSP said a Florence-Penrose school bus being operated by 39-year-old Christine Hollowell of Penrose was traveling westbound on 13th Street, approaching the intersection of L Street and failed to stop at the intersection.

The bus traveled into the intersection directly in the path of a green GMC pickup, being operated by a 17-year-old Penrose resident, which was traveling southbound on L Street. The pickup collided with the right rear of the bus, causing the bus to rotate in a clockwise direction.

The bus came to a stop facing northbound on its wheels, blocking 13th Street. The pickup also rotated in a clockwise direction coming to a stop facing westbound on its wheels in the middle of the intersection.

According to The Denver Post, the 17 year-old driver of the pickup truck was a young lady, whose name has not been released.

According to a representative from the Florence-Penrose school district, there were only 10 students on board the bus at the time of the crash. Of these middle and high school students, all but one were released to their parents after being checked out by authorities at the scene.

A 15 year-old boy, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to Parkview Hospital in Pueblo by ambulance. Reports state that he suffered serious injuries that were not life threatening.

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