Canyon County

No children injured in Canyon County school bus crash, police say


Caldwell police say no children were injured in a crash between a school bus and a car on Friday afternoon near Ustick Road and Santa Ana Avenue.

Capt. Devin Riley said the crash occurred outside of Sage Valley Middle School around 4 p.m. There were 32 children on the bus at the time, according to Brad Carpenter, operations manager for Brown Bus Co., which contracts with the Vallivue School District.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that a passenger in the car was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Riley said it appeared the bus pulled out in front of the car.

Kristen Baumchen, secretary to the superintendent of Vallivue School District, said “there’s always an investigation, there’s always a report” in bus crashes. But specifics for this incident were not yet available from the school district Monday morning. Baumchen described the bus company as “responsible.”

“We have a very good relationship with Brown Bus Co.,” Baumchen said.

It’s unclear whether the driver of the bus has returned to work or faces repercussions, as Carpenter said the company does not publicly discuss personnel matters.

Carpenter called the incident “a pretty minor accident” and said damage to the bus included minor bumper and headlight damage. The extent of the damage to the other vehicle was not clear.