A school bus carrying soccer players from Lovington High School crashed into a semitrailer near Artesia Thursday, police said, but the student athletes were not seriously hurt.
The bus carried one adult and 40 students from both the high school’s varsity and junior varsity soccer teams, per reports from New Mexico State Police and Lovington Municipal Schools.
The Lady Wildcats were heading to Artesia for a soccer game when the crash occurred around 2:40 p.m. at Richey Avenue and Haldeman Road, read a New Mexico State Police social media post.
State police said four students were transported to Artesia General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The bus driver and the tractor-trailer driver were transported by private vehicles to Artesia General Hospital (AGH) for treatment, read the social media post.
State police did not release the names of the bus driver or the semitrailer driver.
Pamela Quinones, superintendent of the Lovington Municipal Schools (LMS), drove to AGH and spent time with those injured, according to the LMS website.
She said Artesia Public Schools (APS) Superintendent Thad Phipps and Assistant Superintendent Cody Skinner provided help and support to the injured.
“APS has generously provided a bus to transport students back to Lovington,” per a statement on the school district’s website.
Around 10 p.m. Thursday, all Lovington student-athletes, coaches and bus drivers were headed back to Lovington.
State police said the crash remained under investigation as of Friday morning.
The Lady Wildcats was scheduled to play the Artesia Lady Bulldogs in a District 4-4A game at the Mac Chase Soccer Complex in Artesia Thursday evening.
The APS Athletics Department confirmed the games would be made up on Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in Artesia.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.
The incident was the second school bus crash this week in southeast New Mexico.
State Police reported on Wednesday a bus carrying students from Roswell crashed into a ditch on U.S. Highway 70 near Mescalero.
The students on the bus received minor “bumps and scrapes,” per Roswell Independent Schools, and a New Mexico State Police officer at the scene said at least one person was airlifted for medical treatment.
That incident also remained under investigation, police said.