RTD bus, several cars involved in Boulder crash; Arapahoe Ave. closed between 63rd and 75th

Posted at 9:30 AM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 15:44:56-04

BOULDER, Colo. – A crash involving an RTD bus and several vehicles closed down Arapahoe Ave. between 63rd and 75th streets Wednesday morning.

The crash happened just before 9 a.m. on the 6400 block of Arapahoe Rd.

Trooper D. Rediger, of the Colorado State Patrol, told Denver7 that the driver of an eastbound vehicle made a left-turn into a driveway, crossing the path of the oncoming westbound bus.

After the collision, the bus ended up on the sidewalk, where it sheared off about 25 yards of  chain link fence, then went over a retaining wall and dropped onto several parked semi-trailers and vehicles below.

Rediger said those vehicles likely kept the bus from rolling completely onto its side.

A photo from the scene of the crash showed the bus hanging off the side of a sidewalk. The Rocky Mountain Fire Department said there were 13 "minor injuries" because of the crashes.

Wednesday’s closure spans about 2 miles between 63rd and 75th.

Rocky Mountain Fire District Division Chief Michelle Kelly said at least 14 people were evaluated for injuries.

She said 13 of them were on the bus and one in the car.

"Two refused transport," she said. "One was taken to a nearby hospital."

Kelly said the bus also struck a power pole causing a temporary power outage.

She said Xcel responded quickly and fixed that problem.

Arapahoe Road reopened after a two hour closure.