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School bus and SUV crash in Johnstown; crews working to extricate SUV driver

Bus v SUV on Oct 7 2021_Front Range Fire Rescue
School bus vs car crash Oct 7 2021 in Johnstown
Posted at 7:41 AM, Oct 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-07 16:34:56-04

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A Weld RE5J school bus and SUV crashed in Johnstown Thursday morning, and the driver of the SUV was transported to a hospital.

The two vehicles collided just east of County Road 19 on Highway 60 around 7:07 a.m., according to Fire Chief Michael West with Front Range Fire Rescue.

Highway 60 was closed in the area until about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

At the time, 18 Milliken Middle School students were on the bus. None of them were injured.

The bus driver was also transported to a hospital with injuries, according to Matt LeCerf, town manager for the Town of Johnstown.

Crews worked for about 45 minutes to free the driver of the SUV from the vehicle, which ended up heavily damaged in the front of the bus. The driver was transported to Medical Center of the Rockies.

The students were placed on another bus to be reunited with their parents, West said.

Editor's Note: This story previously said the bus driver was not transported to a hospital, which the Front Range Fire Rescue told Denver7. The town manager of Johnstown confirmed the driver was actually transported with injuries.