The Chieftain is reporting that two Centauri High School students suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when the school bus they were riding on collided with another vehicle. According to the Colorado State Patrol, the bus, driven by 68-year-old Ronald Morch, was pulling out of a private drive onto County Road Z when it failed to yield to oncoming traffic. A pick-up truck, driven by 44-year-old Billy Parish, struck the right side of the bus. Two 16-year-old students on the bus were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and released. The driver of the pickup truck was also taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The driver of the bus was not injured in the crash but was charged with failing to yield the right of way.
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Bus accident statistics are limited; however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System data for 1993 to 1997 shows that 141 buses were involved in accidents that resulted in the deaths of 21 occupants and injuries to 442 occupants.
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