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The Carey bus rolled off U.S. Highway 26 near Richfield just after noon on Tuesday.  With no seatbelts, numerous students on board sustained injuries, though none was life-threatening. Twelve of the 39 students on board were taken to nearby hospitals. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

    All 39 Carey junior high students are either at home or at school Friday after several were injured in a bus rollover Tuesday afternoon near Richfield.

    “It could have been so much worse and we were definitely blessed in that effect,” John Peck, Carey’s school principal, said Wednesday.

    Peck said he initially got a call at about 12:30 p.m. about a bus accident. He didn’t know whose bus it was or if it was very bad, he said, but he hoped it wasn’t his junior high kids. The Carey seventh- and eighth-graders were headed to a track meet in Gooding, their second-to-last meet.

Email the writer: mbeck@mtexpress.com

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