NAMPA -- A child has died and four more are injured after a dump truck and school bus crashed near Deer Flat and Happy Valley roads south of Nampa just before 8 a.m.
According to Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris, 11-year-old Daniel Robert Cook from Nampa died at the scene of the crash. She says he died from traumatic head injuries sustained in the collision. The names and conditions of the remaining injured children have not yet been released.
Police say two of the four children were transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, while the remaining two were taken to Saint Alphonsus in Nampa. The names of the children and their injuries are not being released.
Idaho State Police says the driver of the school bus was 56-year-old Debra Boatwright of Kuna and the driver of the dump truck was 33-year-old Charles Derby of Nampa. ISP says neither driver was physically injured in the crash.
Authorities say the bus clearly sustained damage to its right rear while the truck was damaged from the front.
Police say 12 elementary school children were on the bus at the time of the crash. The children who were not hurt were taken to school and then released to their parents.
Officials at the Kuna School District have confirmed that bus #11 was headed to Crimson Point Elementary School. Police Boatwright was the regular bus driver for that route.
Major Corporal Timothy Davidson with the Idaho State Police says the circumstances of the crash are still under investigation, but it appears the truck was headed northbound on Happy Valley Road, while the bus was headed eastbound on Deer Flat Road when both collided at the intersection.
Police say there is a two-way stop at the intersection and those traveling on Deer Flat Road have a stop sign.
That means that while bus did have a stop sign at the intersection, the dump truck did not. It's not clear if the bus driver stopped at the sign, then proceeded through.
The speed limit on both roads is 50 mph. Davidson told KTVB the driver of the dump truck saw the bus and tried to slow down before the crash.
"The dump truck driver, he was pretty upset," said Davidson. "Obviously, he was doing what he could to render aid. He was the first one there. He knows what happened; he knows kids are hurt. He saw the nitty gritty, and the crash scene, and the damage that had been done including the deceased boy. He told me he did what he could to render aid to that boy, and he knew it was futile."
Davidson says charges are likely to be filed in the case.
ISP says charges will not be filed until after the investigation is completed which could take
several weeks to complete.
In an email sent to parents, Kuna School District Superintendent Wendy Johnson said counselors and social workers would be available to students and staff impacted by the events.
A portion of the email is below:
"All of our schools have implemented a plan for responding to this sad event and have focused on helping our students maintain regular learning and every day activities. Teachers were provided resources for how to talk about this situation with their students, and we have included the information in this letter. All of our buses will have student services personnel riding along with students today so that if students are worried or have questions, they will have an adult they can talk to on their ride home."
A counselor from Boise Counseling put together this resource for families and schools to access.
Web users should click the link below to watch KTVB's full news conference with Idaho State Police. Mobile users should click on the video tab to watch:
Both roads were blocked for about five and a half hours as the Canyon County Sheriff's Office, Ada County Sheriff's Office, Nampa Police Department, Nampa Fire Department, Kuna Rural Fire District, Canyon County Paramedics, Ada County Paramedics, Nampa Highway District and Idaho Transportation Department responded to and investigated the crash.
Anyone interested in donating to the Daniel Cook memorial fund can go to any Idaho Central Credit Union location.