Two people were killed and 13 others injured Sunday after a charter bus carrying the group to a national youth conference crashed in Colorado.
According to The Christian Post, the group of 15, five adults and 10 children, was headed to the Steubenville Youth Conference.
Colorado State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Blake White said the bus hit an embankment under a bridge on Interstate on 25 and veered off the highway.
The driver, who has not been identified, may have had a medical issue that could have contributed to the accident, police said. He was ejected from the bus and killed.
The second person killed in the accident has been identified as Jason Paul Marshall.
Police said the 13 other passengers are in hospitals with minor to critical injuries.
“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that a group from New Mexico, which attended this weekend’s Steubenville of the Rockies Conference, were involved in a tragic and fatal bus accident. We ask you to please pray for everyone involved and their families,” the Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference announced in a post on Facebook late Sunday.
The Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference is hosted by the Archdiocese of Denver and is an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville. The university puts on some 25 conferences for teenagers every summer.
“Please pray tonight for a Catholic group from New Mexico who were involved in a tragic bus accident this afternoon in Pueblo. The group had attended the Steubenville of the Rockies Youth Conference in Denver and was on its way home. We send our prayers and deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed, and our prayers for healing and comfort for those who were injured,” the Archdiocese of Denver said in a statement.
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