School Bus Plunges Off Road; Driver Dies, Some Children Injured

VALLECITOS, N.M. (April 8, 2013)--A school bus driver who died at the scene of a rollover Monday in northern New Mexico was identified as Pay Valdez, 69.

He was behind the wheel when the Mesa Vista school bus somehow plunged off the road near Vallecitos, N.M., and lodged in an embankment.

At least nine children were injured in the crash in a mountainous area of Carson National Forest.

Investigators said the six injured students were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment for what District Superintendent Tracie Phillips described as broken bones and scratches.

Authorities said an 8-year-old suffered a broken back and 16-year-old had a broken jaw.

Three other children were treated at the scene.

It was not clear if Valdez suffered a heart attack or died from the crash, authorities said.

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