Still no decision on charges in bus crash

The Colorado State Patrol on Monday continued to try to determine whether any charges are warranted in a weekend public transit bus crash in which 11 passengers were injured near Carbondale.

Three people suffered serious injuries in the accident, and eight people moderate ones, and were taken to local hospitals. None of the injuries was life-threatening.

The accident happened early Saturday evening when the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus came up on a slow-moving tractor ahead of it in a 65-mph zone on Colorado Highway 82. The bus driver swerved into the left lane, and the bus began to skid, passed the tractor and crossed back into the right lane before hitting a concrete barrier on the shoulder and rolling a quarter turn onto its side.

A 12th passenger on the bus was uninjured. The bus driver, identified Monday by the State Patrol as Jaime Nunez, 54, of Glenwood Springs, was treated for minor injuries on the scene.

RFTA chief executive officer Dan Blankenship said the driver was on paid administrative leave.

“He is struggling with processing the trauma and the stress of the accident and he is very concerned about the well-being of his passengers,” Blankenship said.

State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid said investigators planned to analyze a black-box kind of device on the bus to determine if it indicates whether Nunez was speeding.

Blankenship said RFTA receives a global-positioning-system signal every 30 seconds from its buses and the last one received from the bus Saturday showed it was traveling 62 mph just before the crash.

He said investigators should be able to download information from the bus showing its speed at the time of the crash.


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