Driver killed after bus of high school football players, coaches crashes

9NEWS at 6 a.m. 09/12/16.

DENVER - A bus full of Legacy High School football players and coaches went off the roadway at Denver International Airport Sunday afternoon.

Denver Police said the driver, a woman in her forties, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fifteen students and three coaches were being treated at four area hospitals for different injuries.  A spokesperson for the Adams 12 school district said the students had non-life threatening injuries but the coaches had more serious injuries. They remain in the hospital for further care, the school district posted on Facebook Sunday night. 

Denver Police said Sunday they didn’t know what led the driver to crash the bus. Her identity has not been released. Her speed at the time of the crash has not been released.

Witnesses say the bus could have been going between 30 and 40 mph. Denver Police said in a press conference Monday, that speed is too fast.

9NEWS has learned the team was coming back from playing in Chino Hills, California and three school buses were picking them up at DIA.

According to DPD, the crash happened on the east side of the airport, a little after 4 p.m. The school bus, which was the first of the three buses, was going to level 4, when it ran off the side of the road.

“The bus was transversing down the ramp to level 4, when it ran off the right side of the roadway,” said Sgt. Mike Farr, with the Denver Police Department Traffic Investigation Unit. “The bus driver circled back around to this level. We don’t know why, it is unexpected. She was one of three buses traveling outbound….At this point –[she] should not have been coming back up, but did and then ran off the right side of the roadway, struck one of the upright pillars that holds the ramp that takes us up to level 6 East.”

Sources tell 9Wants To Know that some witnesses said they didn’t notice any swerving or “issues” prior to the crash.

Denver Health told 9NEWS they had five patients in their care -- two are in critical condition, two are in serious condition and one person is in fair condition.

Children’s Hospital Colorado told 9NEWS it had six patients, all in fair condition. All of them have been released. 

The Medical Center of Aurora said three patients walked into their ER, all had minor injuries. They were treated and released.

Five patients were also taken to University Hospital. All of them were released.

The bus will be inspected as part of the investigation into what happened, which is a common procedure.

Investigators will also look into the driver's health history.

Adams 12 tweeted Sunday they will have crisis response team at the school and at the hospital.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of our bus driver who tragically passed away,” another Adams 12 tweet read.

Adams 12 said Monday morning that potential adjustments to scheduled activities at Legacy will be communicated by noon on Tuesday. 

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