ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A bus driver died and nine students were injured Monday when a school bus went off a road and lodged in an embankment in northern New Mexico, authorities said Monday.
The driver died at the scene of the crash that investigators said might have been caused by a medical event.
Initial reports indicated the bus had rolled over, but authorities later said that was not true.
The bus carrying nine elementary, middle and high school students crashed off State Road 111 near La Madera in Carson National Forest, Rio Arriba County sheriff's spokesman Jake Arnold said.
The mountainous, isolated area is popular for hunting, hiking and camping.
Two of the students who attend schools in the tiny, rural school district of Mesa Vista had broken bones.
"It is a tragedy and we are very saddened by events today," district superintendent Tracie Phillips said. "We are providing counseling for all of students, including those involved in the crash."
It was not clear if the driver, Pat Valdez, 69, might have had had a heart attack and later died from the crash, authorities said.
"We don't know if the driver died from a medical event, died from the crash or died from a combination of both," Arnold said.