5 kids have been injured in a Boulder County school bus accident, and the driver of the vehicle has been taken into custody, after having been accused of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
A total of 8 children, aged between 7 and 15, had been on the bus when the incident took place, on Monday afternoon at around 4 p.m.
The vehicle was travelling westwards, crossing St. Vrain Canyon are, located northwest of Boulder, Colorado. All of its passengers had been enrolled at Lyons Elementary School and Lyons Middle/Senior High School.
According to sixth-grader Levi Benter, who was one of the children involved in the accident, the vehicle initially appeared to lose balance, first tilting in one direction, then in the opposite one, until eventually it rolled over, collapsing on its side.
As a result, 5 of the passengers sustained injuries, and the school bus driver, 39-year old Elizabeth Burris was also hurt.
Over a dozen vehicles carrying first responders arrived at the scene of the incident, on Colorado State Highway 7, at mile marker 24.9, and a road block was set up as the emergency situation was addressed.
The wounded victims were immediately to Longmont United Hospital and to Estes Park Medical Center. As representatives of the two clinics have revealed, 3 of the kids have been treated for minor wounds, while 2 others required health care assistance after being more severely hurt.
Apparently, one of them had suffered a dislocated shoulder during the bus roll over, while the other one had experienced serious cuts.
Burris also received first aid for her less life-threatening wounds, and was eventually arrested by authorities approximately 5 hours following the accident .
Allegedly, her erratic behavior had suggested to dispatchers that she had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving, and this probably explains why the accident occurred in the first place.
That point of view is shared by one of the passengers, sixth-grader Corbyn Fillweber, who recounted that initially Burris didn’t even seem to process that a vehicle had crashed, and appeared to be of unsound mind.
The suspect is now behind bars at the Boulder County Jail, and it is expected that she will brought to trial this afternoon.
Currently, an investigation led by the State Patrol is under way in order to determine all the contributing factors that have led to this unfortunate traffic event.
So far, according to a news report issued by Nate Reid, of the Colorado State Patrol, it appears that the vehicle had inexplicably swerved off the right edge of the road, even though there hadn’t been any ice causing traffic disruption.
As the driver attempted to bring it back on the highway she exerted too much pressure on the steering wheel, losing control of the bus, which eventually landed on its left side.
Luckily, no other traffic participants had been present at the time, and it is expected that the crash victims will recover without experiencing any lasting effects or complications.
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