Police: School bus rolled in crash, injuries reported

Posted at 2:20 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-19 00:02:24-04

An Idaho sheriff says a bus carrying 39 students rolled over in a central Idaho crash on Tuesday and 12 students have been taken to hospitals.

Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez says the bus crashed for unknown reasons on an open stretch of rural road where the speed limit is 65 mph.

He says the bus was taking students from Carey School to a track meet. Idaho State Police are investigating.

The driver, Richard Mecham, 67, of Carey, ID was driving westbound on US Highway 26, in a 2011 school bus when Mecham drove off the right shoulder, overcorrected, and rolled the vehicle. 

Mecham sustained no injuries. 12 of the 39 students were transported to nearby hospitals, 7 by ground ambulance, and 5 by air ambulance.

Rodriguez says most of the students were transported back to Carey School.

A mother of one of the students on the school bus that crashed in rural Idaho says her daughter remembers coaches yelling to get the driver's attention before it flipped over.

Cindy Stocking of Carey said students heard coaches scream "hey, hey, hey!"

Stocking said when she got news of the crash, she hopped in her car to meet her 13-year-old daughter, Hailee Stocking, at the scene.

Stocking said her daughter is fine, but she decided to take her to the hospital emergency room anyway just to get checked out by a doctor.

"There were students with severe lacerations, some with concussions, one broke a bone in her back," Stocking told The Associated Press via text message. "Some with whiplash."