An 11-year-old boy was killed in and several other children were injured when the school bus they were riding in collided with a dump truck on a country road in Idaho about 25 miles southwest of Boise.
The school bus was taking several students to Crimson Point Elementary School in the town of Kuna, The Associated Press reported.
Authorities said that the dump truck was going north on Happy Valley Road and the bus was going east on Deer Flat Road. There was no stop sign for the dump truck, but there was one at the intersection for the bus, authorities said. But Idaho State Police Sgt. John Burke told the AP that it was too early to assign blame or to determine what went wrong.
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“We can’t really speculate,” he said. “We need to gather more information and continue the investigation.”
“It’s horrible ... it’s a terrible thing,” Burke told the AP. “The family is devastated. They need our prayers and all we can do is hope they can get through.”
Media reports indicated anywhere from 10 to 12 children were on the bus at the time. A spokesman for St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center said two of the children were taken to St. Alponsus hospital in Boise and two others were taken to St. Alphonsus in Nampa. Neither the names nor the conditions of those injured were immediately released.
While details were sparse in the hours after the accident, authorities were planning to hold a news conference about noon local time to provide an update on what happened.
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