Bus carrying students & adults from Council Bluffs school involved in CO crash


April 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Nearly three-dozen student from Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School and nine adults escaped injury when their charter bus collided almost head on with a van Sunday in Colorado. According to the Daily NonPareil, Abraham Lincoln’s Jazz I and Jazz II, along with chaperones and a few other students, were returning from a trip that included performances at contests in Des Moines and Greeley, Colo., and a side trip to Estes Park, Colo., when the accident occurred.

Band Director Mark Mendell told the paper, the coach they were in was traveling east on U.S. Highway 34 between the Colorado cities of Loveland and Greeley when a van crossed the median of the divided highway and crashed into the front corner of the bus next to the driver. Mendell said the bus driver did a good job of anticipating the impending crash, tried to avoid the collision, and was able to maintain control of the vehicle while bringing it to a stop along the shoulder. The driver of the van faces charges, but officials did not indicate at the time what those charges were.

A replacement bus arrived on the scene after about 2 1/12 hours, due to traffic congestion. The bus then took the Abe Lincoln ensemble back to Iowa. Mendell said a nearby convenience store provided the students with free soft drinks while there was a temporary layover due to the crash.