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1 Killed, 18 Injured After School Bus Crashes At Denver Airport

The female driver was killed, and 18 high school students and adults were taken to hospitals.

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The cause of the crash was not immediately known, Denver police said. The female driver was pronounced dead Sunday at the scene, and at least 10 others were in hospitals for a variety of injuries.

Police told reporters the roughly 20 students and adults who had been on the bus were taken to local hospitals to be checked out. By Sunday night, two people were in critical condition, two in serious condition, and one in fair condition at Denver Health facilities. Twelve more were treated at other local hospitals Denver 7 reported.

By late Sunday, three adult staff members remained in the hospital, and many of the 15 students who were injured had been released to their parents, school district officials said. None of the students had been critically injured.

The bus was one of three that had arrived at the airport to pick up members of the Legacy High School football team as well as adults traveling with them. At the time the bus crashed, 28 students, the driver, and three other adults were on board, the Denver Post reported.

Legacy High School is in Broomfield, a suburb north of Denver. The football team was returning home after playing Chino Hills High School in California on Friday.

Police said the bus circled back around toward the passenger pick-up area after picking up the students and adults, the Denver Post reported.

Bus driver killed on school bus crash came back through Denver international airport

"We don't know why," Denver police Sgt. Mike Farr said. "It is unexpected."

In a statement, the Adams 12 Five Star school district said its crisis response team would continue to be on the Legacy campus to offer support on Monday.

"We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of our bus driver who tragically passed away," the district said.

Passenger pick-up on the eastern side of the airport was closed for hours after the crash. Airport officials thanked first responders as well as travelers for their patience.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved in today's bus accident. We thank all of the first responders and our passengers for their patience

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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