School bus crash on Bogus Basin Road Thursday night still under investigation

Both lanes of Bogus Basin Road by milepost 5 were closed for more than three hours Thursday night so emergency crews could clear off four vehicles damaged in a crash.

The two school buses involved in the crash were carrying 57 students from Lake Ridge Elementary School in Nampa and six adult chaperones. The group was returning from a ski trip at Bogus Basin. Paramedics took one of the students to a local hospital for treatment of what appear to be non life-threatening injuries.

No citations have been issued in connection with the crash.

The four-vehicle pile-up occurred just before 9:45 p.m. Thursday. A school bus going south slid sideways in the middle of a right turn. The driver of the second school bus following behind was not able to stop in time. The second bus then hit the rear bumper of the first bus.

The driver of a sedan going south couldn’t stop in time and hit the passenger side of the second bus. The driver of an SUV going south, behind the sedan, couldn’t stop either and eventually collided with the rear of the second bus.

Deputies say the road was snow-covered and very slippery at the time of the crash. The road was closed for over three hours so emergency crews could safely clear the four damaged vehicles and deputies could investigate the crash.

Both lanes of traffic were reopened at 12:50 a.m. Friday.

Nampa School District officials say the students were on a fifth grade skiing trip sponsored by Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area, with buses provided by Caldwell Transportation.

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