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(Photo: Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo: Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

LYONS, Colo. — A school bus carrying eight students flipped over onto its side after school Monday afternoon, sending six people, including the driver, to the hospital. The driver was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, the Colorado State Patrol said Monday night.

“The bus just like tipped to one side, then it tipped to another side and then it finally just fell over,” student Levi Benter said.

The crash happened just after 4 p.m. in the St. Vrain Canyon in Boulder County on Highway 7 near mile marker 25. There were eight students on board ranging from ages 7 to 15.

They were all students at Lyons Elementary, Middle and High schools.

The bus was traveling westbound when it veered off the right side of the road, the Colorado State Patrol said. The driver tried to get the bus back onto the road when she overcorrected, causing it to roll onto its left side.

The driver, 39-year-old Elizabeth Burris of Longmont, was taken to Longmont United Hospital with minor injuries then was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, CSP said.

She was booked into the Boulder County Jail and is due in court Tuesday afternoon.

Five students were taken to the hospital. Two suffered serious injuries and three suffered minor injuries. Witnesses said the most severe injuries included cuts and a dislocated shoulder.

“I wasn’t scared,” fourth-grader Tyler Fillweber said. “When the bus was sideways, my seat was up on the roof basically so I fell completely down.”

State Patrol said it is still investigating how the crash happened. There were no other vehicles involved and drivers said there was no ice on the road.

The St. Vrain Valley School District did not have information available on Burris' employment history.

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