Van runs red light in Logan and is struck by school bus

LOGAN – Students on a bus from Mount Logan Middle School had an eventful ride home Monday. Their bus collided with a van shortly after they left their school for the day.

The bus, driven by a 54 year old woman, had recently left the school and approached the intersection of 400 North 200 East and went through the intersection on a green light. A 19 year old female driving a Mazda van ran a red light at the intersection and her van was struck by the bus.

According to Logan City Police Cpt. Curtis Hooley, the bus collided with the rear of the van on the passenger side, causing the van to tip onto its side then back onto its wheels.

“There was only a single occupant in the van,” Hooley said, “and there were no injuries to her or to the occupants on the bus.” 

For nearly an hour the busy intersection was completely shut down so officers could assess the children on the bus and complete their investigation.

“The students were transferred to another bus and sent home,” Hooley said.

While no charges have been formally filed yet, Hooley did expect a citation for the 19 year old driver.

It’s been a rough year for accidents involving school buses for the Logan and Cache County School Districts. Numerous accidents involving school buses happened in December and January, none causing any serious injury to bus occupants.

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