It was unclear what caused the rollover and state police said investigators were still gathering evidence.
“It is a tragedy and we are very saddened by events today,” Phillips said. “We are providing counseling for all of students, including those involved in the crash.”
The Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Department and state police are at the scene north of Espanola. Authorities have blocked off access to roads leading to the crash and all students appeared to have been evacuated.
The isolated Mesa Vista Consolidated School District is located in El Rito, N.M. and is around 120 miles north of Albuquerque.
Phillips said the small school district has an enrollment of close to 400 students.