Services planned Friday in Espanola for bus driver who died in crash

Posted at: 04/12/2013 9:18 AM
Updated at: 04/12/2013 5:49 PM
By: The Associated Press

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) - Family and friends are set to remember a school bus driver who was found dead this week following a crash in the Carson National Forest.

Memorial services for Pat Valdez are scheduled Friday at the De Vargas Funeral Home in Espanola.

Police say the 69-year-old died at the scene of a school bus crash Monday after authorities said his bus went off a road and slammed into an embankment near La Madera. All nine students on the bus were injured.

Three suffered broken bones.

A burial is scheduled Saturday in Las Tusas, N.M.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, although authorities believe Valdez may have suffered a heart attack.

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