District’s School Bus In Fender Bender On La Joya

Superintendent Martinez

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.