State Patrol: St. Vrain Bus Crash Caused by Semitrailer Driver Running Light

December 5, 2018
The Colorado State Patrol has determined that this St. Vrain Valley school bus was hit after a semitrailer driver ran a red light.

Police say the driver of the semitrailer caused the crash with a St. Vrain Valley School District school bus Tuesday morning.

Jeffrey Hoffner, 60, was driving the 1995 semitrailer westbound on State Highway 66 toward Weld County Road 13. Hoffner ran a red light at the intersection, according to Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

At the same time, Carrie Oster, 54, was driving the school bus northbound on County Road 13. The semitrailer hit the rear of the school bus before stopping in a field, Lewis said.

Lewis said there was no indication that the fog in the area at the time played a role in the crash.

Both drivers were taken to the UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland with moderate injuries. The two studentson the full-size bus were not injured and taken to school from the scene.

The school bus also hit a third vehicle due to the impact from the semitrailer, Lewis said. The 53-year-old woman from Mead driving a 2016 Nissan SUV was not injured and her name is not being released.

Hoffner was issued a citation for careless driving, Lewis said.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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