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Students in NM school bus crash undergo surgery

Tuesday - 4/9/2013, 6:08pm  ET

A school bus rests lodged in an embankment Monday morning, April 8, 2013, after crashing and rolling over in a mountainous area of northern New Mexico, near Vallecitos, in this aerial photo provided by KRQE News 13. At least nine children were injured and the driver died at the scene, investigators said. (AP Photo/KRQE News 13)

Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A high school student injured in a northern New Mexico bus crash has undergone surgery to repair a broken jaw.

Mesa Vista superintendent Tracie Phillips said Tuesday that the 16-year-old female student successfully came out of surgery around 2 a.m. She and eight other students were injured Monday after authorities said their school bus went off a road and crashed in an embankment near La Madera in Carson National Forest.

Investigators say the driver, 69-year-old Pat Valdez, died at the scene. The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Philips says another student was in surgery at the University of New Mexico Hospital for a broken femur, and an 8-year-old student may undergo surgery for broken vertebrae.

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