One person hospitalized after school bus runs stop sign

Posted at 11:05 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 13:05:49-05

One person is in the hospital after a two-vehicle crash involving a school bus.

The Canyon County Sheriff's Office responded to the intersection of Ustick and Wagner roads southeast of Caldwell around 7:13 Wednesday morning.

Police say witnesses told them a Dodge Dart was driving eastbound on Ustick when a school bus traveling south on Wagner ran a stop sign and pulled into oncoming traffic.

Twelve students from Jefferson Middle School were on the bus, and one child received minor injuries and was treated at the scene. The driver of the Dodge, a 61-year-old man from Parma, was taken to the hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening, according to police.

The school bus crash caused a second crash involving a Chrylser van and a Chevy Avalanche. The Chevy sideswiped the van, which was stopped for the bus accident. The driver of the Avalanche, a 16-year-old girl from Caldwell wasn't able to stop because of icy road conditions.

The driver of the school bus, 30-year-old Scott Letsom, was issued a citation for inattentive driving. The 16-year-old was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

“This was a scary incident that could have been much worse,” said Sheriff Kieran Donahue. “I’m thankful there were no serious injuries, especially to any of the students. This should serve as a reminder to drivers that they need to pay extra attention while driving during the winter months, and more importantly, obey our traffic laws.”