At Least 22 Injured in Bus Crash Outside Aspen
Last Friday saw an early morning collision between a tow truck and a public bus just outside of Aspen, Colorado. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus was en route to Snowmass Village from the Brush Creek intercept lot when it was hit by a D&D Professional Towing truck.
The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports some of the details:
The crash happened at approximately 10 a.m. The flatbed tow truck was traveling east, toward Aspen, on Highway 82, when it entered the intersection on a red light. The bus entered the intersection on a green light and was struck on the right side by the truck, the state patrol said.
One thing that seems unclear is the number of people injured in the accident. The article continues by detailing the conflicting reports from different authorities:
Figures released by the state patrol and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office differ. The state patrol says 13 passengers were transported to Aspen Valley Hospital and nine were taken to the Snowmass Clinic. The sheriff’s office reported that 12 passengers were admitted to AVH, while the remaining 29 of 41 riders were taken to the clinic in Snowmass. It’s possible, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Alex Burchetta explained, that some of the people taken to the clinic were not treated for injuries. Neither driver received medical attention.
The fact that there were no fatalities in an accident that totaled a 40,000-lb. bus is fortunate and surprising. The Post Independent article also reports that passengers praised the bus driver for driving so carefully in the blowing snow, which may have been a factor in the outcome.
The crash was severe enough to merit response from eight different agencies: the CSP, the local Sheriff’s Office, the Aspen fire department, The Basalt fire department, the Snowmass fire department, the Aspen police department, the Basalt police department, and Aspen Ambulance.
Here is the video report from 9 News. Again, the fact that no life threatening injuries resulted is astounding. Things could easily have been far, far worse.