Espanola Schools Superintendent, Eric Martinez, shown here at his office on July 8, writing a a Post-it note to follow up on school District business.
Photo by Robert A. Naranjo/Valley Daily Post
District’s Bus In Fender Bender On La Joya, No Injuries
By Robert Naranjo
An Espanola School District bus that was transporting students participating in a summer
program was involved in a fender bender on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 a.m., on La Joya Street in Espanola.
There were no injuries reported and all the students who were on the bus were checked by the school nurse upon
arrival at the destination school, and “there were no students with injuries,” said Espanola Public Schools Superintendent, Eric Martinez.
The driver of the bus submitted to a drug and alcohol test which is mandated by state law after any incident in which
students are being transported in buses, he said.
Martinez added that the bus driver has completed bus driver “re-training” as required by District policy for any
incident involving a District bus driver. The training was conducted on the same day of the mishap, July 8.
Parents receive details from the District involving a bus incident and, per statute, a report must be submitted to the state Public
Education Department (PED) Transportation Bureau by the District.
It will be several days before the drug and alcohol test is available. The bus driver was not arrested. No information on the other
driver and vehicle involved was available.