Driver killed, 18 hurt in Denver airport bus crash

Associated Press

Denver — Students at a suburban Denver high school where a school bus driver was killed and high school football players and staffers injured Sunday resumed classes Monday.

It was a somber start to homecoming week at Legacy High School in Broomfield, north of Denver. A school bus veered off a roadway and slammed into a concrete pillar Sunday afternoon at Denver International Airport, killing the driver and injuring 15 students and three staff members, officials said.

The bus had just picked up arriving members of the Legacy High School football squad and was circling back to the airport when it crashed. The students were returning from a charity football game to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

Airport spokeswoman Heath Montgomery said the bus carried 28 students and four adults.

The female driver died at the scene and had not been identified by mid-morning Monday. Ten people were hospitalized and eight others treated and released, officials said.

Officials at Denver Health Medical Center they had five patients: two in critical condition, two in serious condition and one fair.

Police have not released any information on the cause of the crash, which occurred at 4:08 p.m.

Uninjured students gathered with parents inside the airport after the crash, The Denver Post reported. Police interviewed the football players about the crash.

The accident was cleared and traffic lanes reopened late Sunday.

Legacy High School is in Broomfield, Colorado, and is part of Adams 12 Five Star Schools.

School officials told The Denver Post that some of this week’s homecoming events were being postponed, including a “Powderpuff” football game that was planned for Monday evening. A crisis team was at the school Monday to help students.

The Legacy Lightning football team played a game Friday against Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. The game was part of a national fundraiser called Touchdowns Against Cancer , which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Adams 12 Five Star Schools is a public district that serves suburbs north of Denver, including Broomfield, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster.