Chaves County, NM (Aug 16, 2023) — New Mexico State Police are investigating a crash south of Roswell, NM involving a passenger vehicle and a Roswell Independent School District School Bus. The accident happened Tuesday morning on US 285 and Darby Road at around 7:30 AM.
According to police, a 2015 Ford SUV was traveling north on the interstate. The school bus was traveling east on Darby Road and came to a stop at the intersection. The school bus subsequently made a maneuver onto US 285 and intersected with the trajectory of the pickup truck.
The school bus was transporting around 34 children, while the pickup truck had a 56-year-old female driver and a 4-year-old child on board. One child from the school bus was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The female driver and the 4-year-old child in the pickup truck were also transported to a local hospital with injuries deemed non-life-threatening. The school bus driver received a citation as a result of the incident.
The crash is under investigation.
Source: New Mexico State Police
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