The Colorado State Patrol says three children and a school bus driver were injured after a car ran under the back of a school bus north of Fort Collins, critically injuring the driver of the car.
Colorado State Patrol troopers and firefighter/paramedics responded about 6:45 a.m. Friday to a rear-end collision at 1125 E. Larimer County Road 82, near the intersection with Larimer County Road 15. A Toyota Camry sedan crashed into the back of a school bus near the intersection in Larimer County north of Wellington.
Troopers believe sun glare may have played a role in the crash. There were no skid marks from the sedan suggesting the driver did not realize the bus had slowed down, police report.
The crash with the Poudre School District bus injured five people. One person suffered life-threatening injuries.
The Colorado State Patrol said the female driver of the sedan that slammed into the back of the bus, and was airlifted by medical transport helicopter to a hospital. The victim was listed in serious, but stable condition, Friday afternoon. Colorado State Patrol identified the driver of the vehicle as Ashlie Dickerson, age 24.
Three children on the bus were taken by ambulance to Poudre Valley Hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The bus driver, Janet Daubert, age 53, was also transported to Poudre Valley Hospital by ambulance with more serious injuries. The injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening. The three students and the bus driver were treated and released from the hospital.
A total of nine children were on the bus that was en route to Eyestone Elementary School and Wellington Middle School when the crash occurred.
The bus si believed to have been slowing down to pick up a passenger with yellow lights flashing when it was hit.