Truck collides with bus, one fatality: Injured students treated, released

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A pickup truck collided with a school bus in the early hours of May 26 on U.S. 24 between Divide and Florissant.

The truck driver died of his injuries and eight students were treated and released at a local hospital. The Colorado State Patrol reported that the school bus, heading westbound on U.S. 24, was carrying 51 students from Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs to a raft trip when 42-year-old Glenn Crow, driving eastbound in a GMC pickup, veered across the center line at about 6:40 a.m. and collided with the bus.

Teller County Sheriff's Office reported that the accident happened near the intersection of U.S. 24 and Mistletoe Lane in Cougar Canyon. The accident closed the highway for about three hours and the sheriff's office used its emergency alert system, Nixle, to advise drivers to avoid the highway in that area.

The accident is still under investigation but state troopers say Crow was not wearing a seatbelt and that whether alcohol was a factor in the crash will not be known until his toxicology screen is available.