Fifty-seven fifth-graders from Lake Ridge Elementary School and five adult chaperones were heading back from a ski trip about 9:45 p.m. Thursday when one of the two school buses slid on snow-slickened Bogus Basin Road and was hit by the other bus, according to information from the Nampa School District and Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
Two other vehicles, a car and an SUV, were unable to stop and hit the second bus, the sheriff’s office reports. Both lanes of the road were closed for more then three hours near milepost 5, and the crash is still under investigation Friday afternoon.
One of the Lake Ridge students was treated at a local hospital, then released to his parents, Nampa School District Superintendent David Peterson said in a news release.
“It’s great that the community provides opportunities like this for children,” said David Peterson, Nampa School District Superintendent. “We are very happy that no one was seriously injured,” Peterson said. “We are working to provide any support needed, but the kids are resilient and it is very much business as usual at Lake Ridge today.
He said the trip was not district-sponsored, but was part of a ski/snowboarding field trip sponsored by Bogus Basin. The students rode in Caldwell Transportation Co. buses. No other injuries were reported.
The road was closed from about 9:45 p.m. to 12:50 a.m., backing up traffic on Bogus Basin Road, the sheriff’s spokesman said. One of the drivers stalled by the closure, former Boise State University football player Aaron Tevis, tweeted photos of the crash.