An initial report about a bus rollover accident involving 39 Carey junior high students, released by the Idaho State Police on April 27, states that the driver could have been asleep, drowsy or inattentive, but also notes the fast action taken by emergency officials.

     The report states that the road conditions were clear when Richard Mecham, 67, drove off the right shoulder of U.S. Highway 26 near Richfield on April 18. It says he then “over corrected while returning onto the roadway, lost control of the bus, crossed the center line, and rolled the bus.”

    Twelve of the 39 students on the bus were taken to hospitals for treatment and assessment of various injuries. By April 21, all of the students had either returned to school or were at home.

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