2 men who died in church bus crash near Pueblo identified

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The two people killed in a bus crash on Interstate 25 near Pueblo on Sunday have been identified.

Jason Paul Marshall, 53, died after the church charter bus hit an embankment under a bridge as it was heading home from a conference in Denver, according to the Pueblo County Coroner. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe says he was a seminarian.

“Please pray for him and his family,” read a statement from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe Seminarians on Facebook.

The University of New Mexico’s Aquinas Newman Center said the bus driver, Anthony Padilla, 36, also died.

The bus was carrying nine children and six adults, according to Colorado State Patrol. The 13 other passengers were all injured.

Investigators were looking into the possibility the driver had a medical issue that may have contributed to the crash, according to CSP spokesman Sgt. Blake White.

CSP said five people were seriously injured in the crash, one of which remained in critical condition at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs as of Monday afternoon.

Of the five seriously injured, one is a juvenile and the rest are adults.

The group belonged to the Roman Catholic parish based at the University of New Mexico. Church officials in New Mexico and Colorado confirmed that the group from Albuquerque had attended a retreat for 2,500 young people from 12 states in Denver and were returning home when the crash happened.

The Rev. Scott Bailey of Risen Christ Catholic Parish in Denver also  attended the conference with a group of teens.

“It weighs heavy on all of us. I know that our parish is praying for the families who are affected by this tragedy,” he said.

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