A school bus driver was found dead and nine students were injured after their vehicle ran off an embankment in rural northern New Mexico on Monday morning, authorities said.
The injured Mesa Vista School District students were between 7 and 15 years old, a spokeswoman for the Presbyterian Española Hospital told the Los Angeles Times. One student was airlifted from the scene of the crash in Rio Arriba County to a hospital in Albuquerque.
The eight other students were taken to Presbyterian Española Hospital about 25 miles north of Santa Fe, where three remained hospitalized several hours after the accident with non-critical injuries, said hospital spokesman Nicki Allcorn.
The bus was on its way to the elementary school in the village of Ojo Caliente when it ran off state Highway 111, Jake Arnold, spokesman for the Rio Arriba Sheriff's Office, told The Times.