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School bus driver cited for crash that shut down part of State Street

A Boise School District bus carrying four elementary school students was hit by a white Chevy Equinox at State 18th streets on Monday morning, police said. One student and the SUV driver were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
A Boise School District bus carrying four elementary school students was hit by a white Chevy Equinox at State 18th streets on Monday morning, police said. One student and the SUV driver were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

A school bus driver has been cited in a vehicle crash that shut down part of State Street near Downtown Boise on Monday morning.

Ada County emergency dispatchers said they received a call shortly after 8:15 a.m. that a school bus was involved in a crash with a white SUV on State Street between 17th and 18th streets. Officials said the bus was traveling eastbound on State Street when it was hit broadside by a Chevy Equinox.

Witness information suggested that the bus driver failed to stop for a red light, causing the crash. The driver, who was not identified, received an infraction citation for failure to obey a traffic control device, police said.

Dan Hollar, spokesman for the Boise School District, said there were only four students on the bus at the time of the crash. Those students go to Hawthorne Elementary School, Hollar said, and some of them are part of the school's special education program.

One student was taken to St. Luke's hospital after she complained of minor injuries. Hollar said that student and her brother, who was also on the bus, were reunited at the hospital. One other student was picked up by parents at the crash site, while the fourth student was transported home on a different bus, Hollar said.

A tweet from Boise Police Department said the driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries.

BPD reported that both lanes of State Street reopened shortly after 10 a.m.

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