Seven People Injured in Colorado Bus Crash

Seven People Injured in Colorado Bus CrashSeven people were taken to local hospitals on Thursday, July 21, when the bus they were on veered off the road and fell down a steep embankment towards the river near Parkdale, Colorado, the Canon City Daily Record reports.

According to the news source, the accident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. when the bus, which was carrying 38 passengers on their way to the beginning of a rafting trip, rolled down the steep embankment. The vehicle was connected to a trailer carrying rafts for the patrons.

Colorado state patrol officers said that the bus was owned by the Vessels for Honor Rafting company, and was being driven by a 43-year-old female from Colorado Springs. The bus was traveling on the service road after leaving the boat loading and unloading area of the Colorado State Parks Parkdale Recreation Site when it ran off the left side of the road, the media outlet stated.

The bus came to a stop on its top after rolling one-and-a-half times down the hill. The guides who were assigned to the rafting trip and a few adult passengers worked to extricate the occupants out of the rear emergency exit of the 1991 Blue Bird bus, according to the Record.

Colorado State Patrol troopers stationed at the Florence office responded to the accident, which was on U.S. 50, 10 miles outside of Canon City.

A 24-year-old woman from Thermal, California, received the most serious injuries and was rushed to St. Thomas More Hospital, while the six other injured passengers, whose ages ranged from 13 to 48 years old, were taken to various hospitals with minor to moderate injuries, the news provider stated.

Colorado State Police suspect inattentive driving may have caused the crash.

Just seven months ago, a bus carrying tourists to Crested Butte Ski Resort crashed, injuring eight people, Fox News reported.