Pickup driver critical after crash into school bus

Officials say none of the students were seriously hurt.

BOISE -- At least two people were hospitalized after a pickup slammed into the side of a school bus full of high schoolers Tuesday.

The crash happened at 1:32 p.m. at Trabuco Avenue and Victory Road, next to West Junior High.

Police say 45 children were on board the school bus, headed from Borah High to the Dennis Technical Education Center. None of the students are seriously injured, police say.

Two 17-year-old boys inside the pickup were taken to a local hospital by ambulance. The pickup's driver is in critical condition, according to Boise Police. The passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Boise School District spokesman Dan Hollar said students on the bus suffered "bumps and bruises," and several were treated at the scene. The bus driver was also OK, he said. 

One parent told KTVB she planned to drive her child to the hospital. 

Andrew Friedberg, a sophomore at Borah, said the bus was turning left on a green arrow when he heard tires screeching. 

"I just saw that the car had hit the brakes, and it was just skidding at us," he said.

Friedberg said he ducked and covered his head as the pickup crashed into the side of the bus. 

The Boise School District has notified most of the parents of the students on the bus, and are working to get in contact with the final few, Hollar said. 

Victory Road was completely blocked in both directions, but it was back open around 5 p.m.

The crash remains under investigation. No charges have been filed.

 

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