The driver killed Sunday when his charter bus crashed along Interstate 25 near Pueblo was Anthony L. Padilla, 36, the Colorado State Patrol reported Tuesday.
The Patrol is continuing to investigate what caused the bus to veer off the highway and crash, killing Padilla and seminarian Jason Paul Marshall, 53. The crash also injured the other 13 passengers from a New Mexico church youth group who attended a Denver retreat.
A medical issue with the driver might have contributed to the crash, said State Patrol Sgt. Blake White. The bus struck a bridge embankment, destroying its front end, and veered off the highway. The bus company is cooperating with the investigation.
The Albuquerque-based Archdiocese of Santa Fe said Marshall chaperoned the youth group.
He had been assigned to the University of New Mexico’s Aquinas Newman Center for the summer, archdiocese spokeswoman Celine Radigan told the Albuquerque Journal.
Padilla had worked for Follow the Sun Inc. charter bus company for the past year and had more than six years of bus-driving experience, the Journal reported.
Four people remained hospitalized Monday evening with severe injuries, one of them in critical condition at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs. The nine other passengers were treated for minor injuries and released, he said.
The group was from the Roman Catholic parish based at the UNM in Albuquerque. It had attended the Denver retreat for 2,500 young people from 12 states and was returning home when the crash happened.
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe scheduled a special Mass on Wednesday led by Archbishop John Wester. The archdiocese and other religious groups have put out pleas for prayers.
“Please pray, pray, pray,” the archdiocese’s group of seminarians posted on social media late Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.