Charter bus carrying 50 people rolls over near Walsenburg, driver charged

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WALSENBURG, Colo.–  A charter bus carrying 50 people rolled over on a slick highway in southern Colorado early Thursday, injuring some of the passengers.

The Colorado State Patrol said there were no fatalities when the crash happened on Interstate 25 near milepost 44.8 around sunrise about 4 miles south of Walsenburg, which is about 90 miles south of Colorado Springs.

Several people suffered serious bodily injuries. Injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening. The 49 occupants were between the ages of 4 and 83.

The driver of the charter bus was 53-year-old Alberto Torres and he is being charged with careless driving causing bodily injury.

The patrol said the 2017 Vanhool charter bus was traveling north when it rolled over into the median and landed upside down.

Excessive speed for the roadway conditions is being considered a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

Maria Rodriguez, from Aurora, has visited the bus stop three times in Denver awaiting for her parents to arrive. She’s also called the bus stop multiple times to find out answers but she says no one picks up the phone.

“I think it is very painful, they not answer the phone we can’t know something, my mom went to one hospital and my father to another hospital,” Rodriguez explained.

Rodriguez said she first received a call from her brother around 5 or 6 in the morning about her parents getting into an accident. Her two brothers found each parent and said that their mother has four or five broken ribs and their father has a hard time breathing and walking.

“It’s very sad, especially today, I mean every day is important but it is very sad because we were waiting for them,” Rodriguez added.

The charter bus was coming from El Paso, TX to Denver.

Los Paisanos, the charter bus company had no comment on the crash.

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