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Men killed in bus crash identified

The Associated Press & KOB
June 24, 2019 05:10 PM

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - Authorities on Monday were trying to determine what caused a bus carrying a New Mexico church group home from a weekend retreat in Denver to veer off the highway and crash, killing two people and injuring at least 13 others.


The driver, Anthony Padilla, was ejected and killed in the crash.

According to a Facebook post, Jason Paul Marshall, a seminarian of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, was the other person killed in the crash.

No other names have been released.

However, a press release from the Colorado Department of Public Safety says one person remains in critical condition while five others sustained serious injuries. The other passengers have reportedly been released from the hospital.

The group belonged to the Roman Catholic parish based at the University of New Mexico.

Church officials in New Mexico and Colorado confirmed that the group from Albuquerque had attended a retreat for 2,500 young people from 12 states in Denver and were returning home when the crash happened.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has scheduled a special mass Wednesday led by Archbishop John Wester. The archdiocese and other religious groups have put out pleas for prayers via social media.

"Please pray, pray, pray," the archdiocese's group of seminarians posted late Sunday.

The Denver archdiocese issued a statement Monday offering prayers and deepest condolences to the victims, their families and their friends.

The bus struck a bridge embankment and veered off the highway. The front end of the bus was destroyed. Three medical helicopters and dozens of ambulances and fire crews responded.

There were extensive traffic backups in both directions as authorities treated the wounded.


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