Church Bus Crash Outside Pueblo Kills 2
Driver's Medical Condition Suspected as a Factor in Church Bus Crash Outside of Pueblo, CO that Killed 2
PUEBLO, CO – A bus crash outside Pueblo left two people killed on Sunday, June 23. According to Colorado State Patrol troopers, the church bus was heading south on I-25 when it collided with a bridge embankment and ran off the road.
The driver, Anthony Padilla, was ejected from the bus and died on the scene. Jason Marshall, a seminarian, was also killed in the crash.
At the time of the crash, there were nine children and six adults on the bus, all of whom were returning to the Roman Catholic Parish based at the University of New Mexico after attending a youth conference in Denver.
At least 13 of the passengers were transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to severe. At least five of the bus’s occupants sustained severe injuries, including one juvenile. Seven of the passengers have been released from the hospital.
During the investigation into the crash, the CSP discovered that a medical issue with the driver may have contributed to the crash, according to State Patrol Sgt. Blake White.
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe scheduled a special Mass to be held on Wednesday, and other religious groups and organizations, including the Denver archdiocese, issued pleas for prayers in the wake of the accident.
Source: KKTV 11
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