The driver of a flatbed truck fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a school bus Thursday, injuring multiple Colorado high school students, investigators said.
None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Gary Cutler said the truck drifted into oncoming traffic on a rural road and sideswiped the Greeley-Evans School District bus near the small town of Hudson, northeast of Denver.
Authorities say multiple people were injured when the school bus carrying 35 high school students crashed and tipped over on the rural road northeast of Denver
The bus, which had 35 people on board, left the road, rolled one and quarter times and came to a rest on an oil and gas site.
District spokesman Casey Pearson told KMGH-TV in Denver that 29 people were taken to the hospital, and the bus driver was the most severely hurt.
Three people in the truck also were hospitalized.
According to local Fox affiliate KDVR, Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton is treating six patients, including four children and one adult in good condition, and one adult in fair condition.
North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley said they received 17 patients following the accident, all of whom are in good condition. Children’s Hospital in Aurora is treating six patients aged 15 to 18 years old, who are also listed as being in good condition.
Pearson said 29 students from Greeley Central and North Ridge high schools, four adult chaperones, the driver and a child of one of the adults were on the bus.
They were headed back from a field trip at an amusement park in Denver at the time.
All of the people on the bus were able to get out by themselves, according to Stephanie Cooke with the Platte Valley Fire Protection District; the Colorado State Patrol tweeted that none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
Aerial footage showed the bus on its side as a group milled around the accident site, which was dotted with multiple ambulances and police cars.
The truck was nearby in a corn field.
A Weld County Sheriffs Deputy talks on the phone at the scene of a crash involving a school bus on Thursday
A firefighter investigates the wreckage of a school bus after it flipped near the intersection of Weld County Road 49 and Weld County Road 24 near Hudson, Colorado