Parents sue after school bus crash with children on board

School Bus

OJO CALIENTE, N.M. (KRQE) – The parents of the nine students on board a school bus that crashed in northern New Mexico, killing the driver, are suing.

The lawsuit claims the driver, 69-year-old Pat Valdez, was going 10 to 15 miles per hour over the speed limit when the bus crashed down an embankment near Ojo Caliente, N.M. back in 2013. The lawsuit names Valdez’s estate, the woman who hired him, the Mesa Vista Consolidated Schools, and the Public Education Department. The parents claim Valdez had a history of speeding and was not qualified to drive a school bus, but was still allowed to drive.

Several of the kids were seriously hurt. One kid suffered a broken back and another kid a broken jaw. Valdez died from blunt force in the crash.

State Police have been investigating if a medical episode caused Valdez to lose control. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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