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A charter bus containing at least 50 people rolled over Thanksgiving morning in Walsenburg.

Several passengers on a charter bus carrying 49 people were injured Thursday morning when the bus skewed off Interstate 25 and flipped onto its top, Colorado State Patrol said.

Troopers said the 2017 Vanhool charter bus was en route to Denver just before sunrise when it crashed south of Walsenburg, which is about 90 miles south of Colorado Springs. Slick road conditions caused the driver to lose control and rotate clockwise before veering off the road and flipping, a patrol news release said.

The driver, 53-year-old Alberto Torres, was cited with careless driving causing bodily injury, the Patrol said. Authorities said speed is believed to be a factor in the rollover.

Of the 49 occupants on board — ranging from age four to 83 — Lewis said about two people were taken to nearby hospitals with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Other injuries were reported as minor to moderate, he said.

Troopers were still at the scene of the crash at noon, but traffic on northbound I-25 was moving, Lewis said.

Channel 9 reported that the bus involved is with Los Paisanos Autobuses, according to the staff working at their ticketing office on Broadway in Denver. Thursday afternoon they said another one of their buses was headed to go pick up passengers and bring them back to Denver.

The Huerfano World Journalis reporting translators responded to the scene as well to help those passengers who speak little to no English.

Los Paisanos has several offices in the U.S. as well as Mexico, according to their website.

The Red Cross also told Channel 9 they responded to help, including mental health nurses and health services nurses.

Crews were expected to arrive with equipment to right the bus later in the day, State Patrol spokesperson told KKTV, and the investigation was expected to restrict traffic on the highway.

Contact Liz Henderson: 719-476-1623 Twitter: @GazetteLiz

Contact Liz Henderson, 719-476-1623

Twitter: @GazetteLiz

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Liz is a multimedia journalist with a specific interest in space exploration and environment. She watches way too much Star Trek and is working toward her rescue scuba divers certification. Liz joined the Gazette staff in 2019.

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