Woman arrested after hitching ride on school bus in Fruita

FRUITA, Colo. — Authorities say a woman in western Colorado crashed her SUV and then lied to a hitch a ride on a school bus carrying students.

KJCT-TV reported Friday the woman was arrested when the bus arrived at Fruita Monument High School.

No incidents were reported aboard the bus.

The Colorado State Patrol says the woman flagged down the bus and talked the driver into allowing her aboard by falsely claiming to be a bus company trainee.

Mesa County School District says only authorized adults are permitted on buses, such as drivers, school staff and registered volunteers. The bus company, Student Transportation of America, says it suspended the driver.

The woman’s name wasn’t immediately available and it was unclear what charges she might face. It wasn’t known whether any other vehicles were involved in her crash.

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