From the Times-Call (Longmont): The St. Vrain Valley School District now says video footage from a bus that crashed on Colo. 7 last week injuring five students doesn’t exist, days after saying they would refuse to release it.
District spokesman Damon Brown said via email Friday evening that the video camera on the bus malfunctioned and hadn’t recorded any video since Oct. 20. He added that video cameras are inspected when a bus is serviced.
He said the bus was last serviced on Oct. 19 and buses are serviced every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. They clock between 12,000 and 16,000 miles a year.
Brown was out of the office and unavailable for comment on Monday.
Five students were injured on Dec. 7 when their driver overcorrected after sliding off the roadway at the 25 mile marker on Colo. 7. Eight students were on the bus.
The driver, 39-year-old Elizabeth Burris, was also injured. The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office has filed DUI, assault and child abuse charges against Burris, alleging she was intoxicated at the time of the crash.
She is due in court later this month.
The Times-Call requested the video from the bus last week, but was rebuffed because the district said the video constituted an “educational record” that wasn’t subject to the Colorado Open Records Act.
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