A collision with another vehicle yesterday caused a bus to crash through a fence and into several parked tractor-trailers and at least one car at Arapahoe Self Storage in Boulder, Colo. Fourteen people were evaluated by medical responders following the 8:58 a.m. accident. Two were treated for minor injuries and released, while one was transported to a local hospital, according to the source.
The Regional Transportation District (RTD) jump-line bus, which serves Boulder, Denver and surrounding communities, was traveling west when it collided with an eastbound vehicle. The car’s driver was attempting to make a left turn into a business along Arapahoe Road, according to bus passenger Patrick Goslin, who was sitting on the left side behind the driver. Goslin felt a jolt before the bus skidded onto the sidewalk and into the storage property at 6389 Arapahoe Road, he told the source.
"We just tipped over the side and, luckily, there was a tractor-trailer parked there, otherwise we would've ended up on our side," Goslin said. "Being on the left-hand side, obviously, we ended up on the right-hand side, kind of on top of people." A heavy-duty wrecker will be necessary to turn the bus upright, according to the source.
The bus passengers and driver escaped the vehicle through windows and emergency exits, Goslin added. It’s unknown how many people were on the bus.
Arapahoe Road was closed in both directions until noon while officials investigated the accident.
The bus driver, Riley Davis, is a contractor with First Transit, according to Tina Jaquez, RTD public-affairs manager. It was his third day on the job and first day on the jump line, according to the source.
Dick and June Paquette, the storage-facility owners, said they were reading the newspaper when they got the call about the crash. "The way I look at it, it could've been worse," said Dick Paquette, who is already contacting the owners of the damaged vehicles.
Opened in 1973, Arapahoe Self Storage offers 370 units as well as covered vehicle storage. The Paquettes also own AAA Store-N-Lock in Boulder.