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Police respond to four wrecks on same day involving school buses in southern Idaho

September 27, 2018

Police responded to a rash of traffic accidents involving school buses throughout southern Idaho on Monday.

A 30-year-old Heyburn woman, Venessa Savage, was reportedly in stable condition at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello Wednesday night, following a 4:35 p.m. crash at the intersection of North 600 West and West 800 North in Minidoka County, according to Idaho State Police.

State police said Layton Larson, 72, of Rupert, was driving a Blue Bird school bus eastbound on 800 North when he failed to yield at a stop sign, causing a collision with Savage’s 2005 Hyundai Sonata. The bus was transporting three juvenile passengers. Police did not report any injuries involving the juveniles or Larson.

Police said the Hyunda veered off the right shoulder of the roadway and rolled, and Savage was not wearing a seat belt. Police said Savage was transported to Minidoka Memorial Hospital by ambulance and later airlifted to PMC. Police said the intersection was blocked for two hours while crews cleared the scene.

Twin Falls Police responded to a pair of crashes involving school buses Monday morning. Police said sunlight interfering with drivers’ vision was likely a factor in both crashes.

At 7:55 a.m., a school bus was hit at the corner of Wendell Street and Falls Avenue West, causing minor injuries to three of six children on board, when a driver of another vehicle failed to yield at a stop sign. Police said the bus was headed to Robert Stuart Middle School, and the three children were taken to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center as a precaution.

Twin Falls Police responded to another accident at 7:50 a.m. at the intersection of Falls Avenue East and Eastland Drive. A man driving a pickup truck reportedly hit a school bus while following too close, police said. Police said the bus had no students at the time of the accident, and nobody was injured. It was bound to pick up students from Vera C. O’Leary Middle School, police said.

Meridian police responded to a crash at 7:15 a.m. at the intersection of Franklin Road and Ward Avenue, west of Linder Road. Police said a bus driver pulled into the intersection after stopping at a stop sign, but into the path of a Hyundai Elantra. Police said the Elantra struck the bus in front of the rear axle, causing the bus to flip. The bus was empty, and nobody was injured, police said.

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