Posted at: 04/08/2013 8:25 AM
Updated at: 04/08/2013 6:12 PM
By: KOB.com staff
State Police say a Mesa Vista school bus crashed Monday morning near La Madera, killing the driver.
Police identifed the driver as Pat Valdez, 69.
It is not clear whether he passed away from a medical problem or died in the crash.
Nine students were injured - six of them seriously.
People injured seriously included an 8-year old with a broken back and 16-year-old with broken jaw.
The 8-year-old has been taken to UNMH.
The other students were taken to the Espanola hospital.
School officials tell us the students were from Ojo Caliente Elementary as well as Mesa Vista Middle and Mesa Vista High schools.
Crews are at the scene from the Rio Arriba Sheriff's Office and the New Mexico State Police.
The bus crashed on NM 111 near La Madera.
KOB is as the scene as well and will bring you live reports on KOB.com and KOB Eyewitness News 4.