CBS affiliate KRQE-TV reports one child and one adult died at the scene Tuesday after being thrown through the windshield just outside Santa Fe, Sheriff Ray Sisneros said. The bus apparently rolled over on a curve.
The victims were identified as Eric Garcia, 11, and Gary Apodaca, 44, an adult chaperone. Of the 33 others who were injured, 15, including the driver, were admitted to St. Vincent Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Laura Folsom.
One remained in critical condition late Tuesday and three were in serious condition.
The bus was one of three bringing students from five elementary schools home from an outing at the Santa Fe Ski Basin.
"There were a lot of students walking along the roadway. They were bleeding and crying and frantic," said Whitney Russell, who came upon the scene moments after the accident.
"They were scared," said Kevin Henson of the Santa Fe County Fire Department. "They were saying, `Call my Mom.' "
Katherine Eagleson, whose 11-year-old son was hurt in the crash, said the boy described children being tossed around inside the vehicle "like a box of marbles."
The bus driver, Robert Heusner, told investigators the brakes had failed, Sisneros said. But the owner of the bus company, Ray Sena, said his fleet had new brakes installed only two weeks ago.