Updated: April 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm
FORT COLLINS — A car rear-ended a school bus carrying nine children near Fort Collins early Friday, slightly injuring three children and the bus driver and critically injuring the lone person in the car, authorities said.
Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said the driver of the car suffered life-threatening injuries after the vehicle ran almost completely under the back of the bus. He said the school children and bus driver had minor to moderate injuries.
Patti Meyer told KMGH-TV she heard the crash and ran to help.
"We came out with a blanket and covered the driver when we got her out on the ground," said Meyer.
Her daughter, Brianna Meyer, said she heard a loud bang and saw students getting off the bus.
"(The kids) were shocked, they looked like they were going to cry," Brianna Meyer said.
Jessica Scott said she missed the bus on Friday and felt bad because she wasn't there to help her fellow students.
The names of the injured were not available, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.
Poudre School District spokeswoman Danielle Clark said the children attend Wellington Middle School and Eyestone Elementary School. Clark didn't know how long the driver has worked for the district, or if there were seat belts on the bus.