Two people were killed Sunday when a charter bus veered off the road as it drove south on Interstate 25 and hit a bridge embankment north of Pueblo, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Patrol Cpl. Ivan Alvarado said the driver may have had an unspecified medical issue that contributed to the crash. The driver, whose identity wasn't released, was ejected from the bus and died, he said.

The names and ages of the two people who died were being withheld pending notification of relatives, patrol Sgt. Blake White said.

Thirteen others on the bus were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from critical to minor, said Mike Lening, operations manager for AMR in Pueblo. One of the injured was flown by helicopter to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs while the rest were taken to Pueblo hospitals, he said.

Fifteen people — reportedly 10 children and five adults — were aboard the bus, which was returning to New Mexico from a church conference in Denver, White said.

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The crash near mile marker 109 about 12 miles south of the Pikes Peak International Raceway was reported about 2:30 p.m.

The cause of the crash hasn’t been determined, and White appealed to anyone who was a witness or has video to contact the State Patrol.

It appears, though, that the bus went off the right side of the interstate, hit the embankment of a bridge, then ricocheted into a ditch, Alvarado said.

“It’s a very hectic scene,” Alvarado said soon after the crash happened.

The right southbound lane of the interstate remained shut down throughout the afternoon and evening, but traffic was being allowed past in the left lane.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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