LEWISTON – Utah Highway Patrol troopers are investigating a vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Lewiston that sent two people to the hospital in serious condition. The crash was reported just before 4 p.m. near 1875 West Center Street.
UHP Lt. Lee Perry said a Toyota Corolla reportedly ran into the back of a Cache County School bus. The bus had just dropped off a student and recently re-entered the lane.
“There were 32 elementary school kids on board,” explained Perry. “None of them were injured or seriously hurt. They were checked out, released and went home with parents. There was also a male and female inside the Toyota. Both of them are in extremely serious condition.”
Paramedics transferred both the man and woman to the Cache Valley Hospital. The woman was later flown to Ogden Regional Hospital.
Perry said the crash is a reminder to drive cautiously around school buses.
“It doesn’t matter whether the lights are on or not, people have got to use extreme caution when they are around school buses. When you are around a school bus you know there (are) probably kids on board or around that bus. We just ask people to be extremely cautious around school buses.”
Troopers believe the Toyota was traveling the speed limit, around 55 mph when it rear-ended the bus. They are unsure if the two were wearing seat belts or what caused them to not see the bus.