By ROBERT S. MERRILL
DAYTON – The first week of school got off to a “shaky” start in the West Side School District when a school bus and pickup truck collided Thursday afternoon sending a student and the truck driver to a local hospital.
Idaho State Police, who investigated the accident, said it occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Thursday at 800 So. 3200 West, near Dayton.
At the time of the crash, the bus driven by Tarrel E. Shepherd was transporting 40 students in grades K-12 home from the second day of school. One student was taken to the Franklin County Medical Center, as was the driver of the pick-up truck, Carrie A. Johnson, of Weston.
The remainder of the students were transferred to another West Side school District bus and transported to their homes, according to ISP.
West Side Superintendent Dr. Barbara Taylor said she and other school officials were just grateful the children are fine.
“The child that was taken to the hospital was apparently treated and released. The student was at school today (Friday) and I have paid a personal visit,” she said.
The district provided additional support on Friday to all the students who were involved in the incident, said Dr. Taylor.
“We have also met with all the bus drivers and emphasized the fact that they need to be prudent and careful. School is starting in our district and many others in our area. Everyone needs to be cautious that busses are on the roads again transporting students,” she said.
Shepherd, 72, of Dayton, was driving a 2000 Bluebird school bus south on 3200 West. Carrie A. Johnson, 18, of Weston, was driving a 1988 Chevrolet pickup north on 3200 West, according to the ISP.
Shepherd attempted to turn left onto 800 South, striking Johnson’s vehicle. It left the roadway and rolled, ejecting Johnson. Johnson was not wearing a seatbelt. She was also transported by ground ambulance to Franklin County Medical Center.
ISP said the investigation is continuing.
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