Driver Charged After Rollover School Bus Crash in Albuquerque

A driver was charged by the Albuquerque Police after allegedly crashing into a school bus and causing it to flip, officials said, injuring students onboard.

According to police, witnesses said Mario Perez, age 49, was driving a Ford Mustang while racing another car, reaching an estimated 110 miles per hour.

Perez allegedly crashed into the passenger side of the school bus, causing the bus to roll over. A witness said the car did not stop.

There were 23 children on the bus, police said, with seven children transported to medical centers to be checked. Two children “sustained serious injuries to their legs” and required surgery, while another child required surgery for a pelvic fracture.

A DWI officer who assessed Perez said they found no signs of impairment, police said.

The police charged Perez with two counts of Great Bodily Harm by Vehicle, a third-degree felony.

This video shared by the Albuquerque Police shows children on the bus propelled by the force of the impact. Credit: Albuquerque Police via Storyful

Video transcript

[INAUDIBLE CONVERSATION]

[SCREAMS]

- Oh, my god. Oh, my god. [INAUDIBLE]

[SCREAMS]

[UNINTELLIGIBLE YELLING]

[SCREAMS]

- When are we gonna get out? [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Where's my phone?

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Oh, my god. [INAUDIBLE]

[UNINTELLIGIBLE YELLING]

- I can't find my phone. Where's my phone?

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE] Everybody get to the back.

- [INAUDIBLE] my phone? My phone?

- It's right there.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- It's a white phone. [INAUDIBLE] my phone. [INAUDIBLE] The white phone.

[INAUDIBLE]

- I don't know.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- I wanna get off first.

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- OK, come on. [INAUDIBLE].

- Hold on, [INAUDIBLE]

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[INAUDIBLE]

[CRYING]

- Hold on a sec. [INAUDIBLE].

[CRYING]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE].

- That's not my phone. That's not my phone. [INAUDIBLE]

[INTERPOSING VOICES]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- OK, come on.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Hold on. [INAUDIBLE]

- Just stay right there, [INAUDIBLE]. Stay right there. Just stay right there.

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Stay right there [INAUDIBLE].

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