Bus Crash

    A bus carrying Carey Junior High students rolled over near Richfield on Tuesday afternoon, injuring at least 13 students and the bus driver.

“We do not believe that any of the injuries are life-threatening at this point,” Blaine County School District spokeswoman Heather Crocker said late in the afternoon Tuesday.

    The identities and statuses of the injured students were unknown, as was the cause of the accident.

    The roll occurred shortly after noon Tuesday as 39 students, two coaches and a driver headed to a track meet, according to the School District. The incident occurred on U.S. Highway 26 just west of Richfield, according to Idaho State Police.

    As of 3 p.m., School District spokeswoman Health Crocker said five students had been transported to a hospital via helicopter, five were transported via ambulance and three were in transit to a hospital. Students were being transported to a few different hospitals, she said, including St. Luke’s in Jerome, St. Luke’s Wood River, St. Luke’s Magic Valley, North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding and a fifth hospital in Pocatello.

    The district stated in a Facebook posting at 3:58 p.m. that staff members were at all hospitals except Pocatello to support the students and families.

    Other students were either released to parents or taken back to Carey on a separate bus.

    Crocker said the bus driver, Richard Mecham, was transported to a hospital via ambulance while the coaches, Lane Kirkland and Lee Cook, were driving themselves to a location to be assessed.

    Carey Principal John Peck was at the scene of the incident Tuesday afternoon, according to the district, while Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes was at Carey School. Crocker said Holmes was not available for comment before press time Tuesday because she was monitoring the status of students and making sure all were accounted for.

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