Eleven hospitalized after RFTA bus rolls over on Highway 82
Eleven people were hospitalized Saturday night, three with serious injuries, after a public bus rolled over on Highway 82, the Colorado State Patrol said.
Six passengers were transported to Valley View Hospital; five passengers were transported to Aspen Valley Hospital. All were adults. Three riders had serious injuries, and eight had moderate injuries, the patrol said. The bus driver, a male, had minor injuries and was cleared and released on scene.
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus was traveling westbound in the right lane of Highway 82 near mile-maker 16 when it encountered a slow-moving tractor ahead of it also in the right lane, the State Patrol said. The rear of the tractor had running and flashing lights but not a slow moving vehicle emblem as required.
The bus driver attempted to avoid colliding with the rear of the tractor by quickly changing lanes into the left lane, the patrol said.. The driver of the bus then lost control and the bus began to skid. The bus passed the tractor during the skid, crossed the right lane and the front of the bus struck a concrete barrier on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes. Following the impact with the concrete barrier the bus rolled one-fourth time onto its left side.
The bus was transporting occupants on a regional route from Aspen to Glenwood Springs with scheduled stops between the two hubs. The bus was a full-size regional bus designed to seat 45 passengers.
The crash remains under investigation, the patrol said.
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