1 charged after bus carrying 48 passengers rolls on I-25 near Walsenburg

Photo courtesy Eric Mullens with the Huerfano World Journal
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Dozens of people were hurt after a charter bus flipped over on I-25 just before sunrise Thursday morning.

The bus was reportedly traveling northbound and carrying 48 passengers when the driver lost control on the icy interstate a few miles south of Walsenburg. The bus ran off the side of the road and then flipped over, landing on its top in the median between the interstate and a frontage road.

A spokesperson with Colorado State Patrol tells 11 News ambulances came from as far away as Trinidad to help transport injured passengers. The most seriously hurt were taken to hospitals in Walsenburg and Pueblo; those with lesser injuries were taken to the community center in Walsenburg, which reportedly served as a triage site.

The Red Cross also responded to the scene, as well as Spanish translators to assist those passengers who spoke little to no English, according to local paper Huerfano World Journal.

Passengers ranged in age from 4 to 83.

Driver Alberto Torres, 53, is facing charges of careless driving causing bodily injury. State Patrol says Torres was going too fast for roadway conditions.