Out-of-control SUV hits trucks, street signs before plowing into empty school in Hayden

HAYDEN, Colo. - An out-of-control Ford Expedition left a path of destruction in Hayden Tuesday, including battered pickup trucks and bent street signs before plowing into an empty school.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said the chaos began at 4:55 p.m. as the driver of the SUV, 26-year-old Richard Bomar Jr., was traveling westbound on U.S. Highway 40 in Hayden, a Routt County town.

Bomar rear-ended a Chevrolet pickup truck that was slowing down because of traffic.

The Expedition juggernaut kept rolling, rear-ending a Dodge Ram truck, then careening onto a sidewalk, striking a sign, a light pole and a planter, Elliott said.

The SUV crossed the street and smacked down a fence before plowing through the brick wall of Hayden Middle School, finally stopping inside an empty classroom.

Bomar walked away from the wreckage and no other drivers were hurt, Elliott said. Bomar was issued a summons for careless driving.