LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A car slammed into the back of a Poudre School District bus Friday morning, injuring five people — including one with life-threatening injuries — in Larimer County north of Wellington.
The Colorado State Patrol said the female driver of the Toyota sedan that slammed into the back of the bus was flown by helicopter to a hospital. They were listed as being in serious but stable condition Friday afternoon.
At an afternoon press conference, CSP identified the driver of the vehicle as 24-year-old Ashlie Dickerson. As of Friday afternoon, she was still at a nearby hospital, but her condition was unknown.
Three children on the bus were taken by ambulance to Poudre Valley Hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The bus driver, who was identified as 53-year-old Janet Daubert, was also taken to Poudre Valley Hospital by ambulance with more serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
CSP said Daubert had been a school bus driver for three years.
The Poudre School District said in a statement Friday afternoon that the three students and the bus driver were treated and released from the hospital. It said nine children were on the bus that was en route to Eyestone Elementary School and Wellington Middle School when the crash happened.
The bus had slowed to pick up a passenger and had it’s yellow lights on, a CSP spokesman said.
Troopers believe sun glare may have played a role in the crash. There were not skid marks from the sedan suggesting the driver did not realize the bus had slowed down, the spokesman said.
The accident happened at 1125 E. Larimer County Road 82, near the intersection with Larimer County Road 15. CSP said the call came in about 6:45 a.m.
SkyFOX showed the passenger car severely mangled under the rear of the bus on the rural road.
CSP has not yet determined if charges will be filled against the driver of the sedan.
A family that lives near the site of the accident tells FOX31 Denver that their daughter was home sick otherwise she would have been on the bus. The family helped lay out the injured children on the ground and talked with them to keep them quiet until medical personnel could arrive.
They said it sounded like a shotgun went off when the accident occurred.