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Bus with 50 people crashes on I-25 near Walsenburg

Courtesy Eric Mullens Walsenburg crash
Posted at 8:10 AM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-29 08:33:25-05

WALSENBURG — The Colorado Department of Transportation says a bus carrying 50 people crashed into a median south of Walsenburg on I-25.

The crash happened 4 miles south of Walsenburg early Thursday morning.

Colorado State Patrol said the bus was headed north on I-25 when the driver lost control in icy conditions, ran off the side of the road, and flipped.

The driver, 53-year-old Alberto Torres, is charged with careless driving causing bodily injury.

It took a long time to carefully remove all 49 passengers and the driver from the wreckage of the upside-down bus.

Among the passengers - ages 4 to 83 years old - there are minor to life-threatening injuries, but no fatalities.

The passengers with moderate injuries were taken to hospitals in Walsenburg and in Pueblo.

CSP said excessive speed is considered a factor in this accident and it remains under investigation.