14 injured after RTD bus, several vehicles involved in accident in Boulder

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BOULDER, Colo. — An RTD bus and several vehicles were involved in an accident on Wednesday morning that injured 14 people, officials said.

The crash happened just after 9 a.m. on Arapahoe Avenue between 63rd and 75th streets, near where a BNSF Railway train derailed on Tuesday afternoon, the Boulder Police Department said.

Police said the driver of a vehicle was driving eastbound on Arapahoe when it was somehow blinded and turned into the bus, which was traveling westbound.

Some trailers in a nearby parking lot helped prevent the bus from completely flipping over, but it was left hanging off the side of a sidewalk on its side.

The Rocky Mountain Fire Department said 14 people suffered minor injuries because of the crash and only one of the injuries was to a passenger on the bus.

A passenger captured video inside the bus after the crash.

“On my way to work, our bus hit another vehicle and swerved off the road. We ended up running into a fence, a telephone pole, and eventually flipped off a drop-off into a parked semi-truck,” Corey Schafer wrote. “Luckily injuries were minor.”

Two people were treated at the scene and one was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

Police closed a two-mile stretch of Arapahoe Avenue between 63rd and 75th because of the crash. Eastbound lanes reopened about 10:30 a.m. and eastbound lanes reopened just before 11 a.m.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

It was the second serious bus crash in the area in three months. On March 20, a van was crushed between an RTD bus and a semitruck in a crash at 66th Street and Arapahoe Avenue. A silver sedan then crashed into the back of the bus.

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