A START bus slid off Highway 390 near the Aspens on Sunday morning, causing no injuries or damage but slowing traffic for about an hour.
Donnie McBath, a transit dispatcher with START, said there were no passengers on board and no vehicles in the path of the bus.
“That’s the best way it could have happened,” he said. “No cars around, no people. That’s an ideal situation if that were to happen.”
The slide began when the bus hit a “pretty slick” patch of ice, McBath said. The bus’ retarder — a secondary brake system — activated and caused the bus to veer into a snowbank.
McBath said such incidents are fairly common, with five or so each winter. START usually pulls its own buses out, using either a truck or a bulldozer, but due to low staffing Sunday it had to call a private towing company.
He said that in snowy conditions START makes safety announcements throughout the day to remind its drivers to slow down and be cautious.