June 2, 2010 in Idaho

West Bonner students treated after car hits school bus

The Spokesman-Review
 

Several West Bonner School District students were treated for minor injuries Tuesday after a distracted driver struck their school bus near Oldtown, Idaho.

Up to five students were taken to a hospital or seen by doctors, according to the Idaho State Police and the school district. Several students complained of neck pain, and their parents sought medical attention for them, said Superintendent Mike McGuire. No serious injuries were reported, he said.

The accident was on state Highway 41 about 3:24 p.m. The bus, carrying students from kindergarten through high school, was stopped with its four-way hazard lights activated to let students off.

Kalena D. Berry, 23, of Newport was driving a Buick SUV south on the highway at the posted speed limit of 60 mph, police said. Berry said she became distracted by her 14-month-old daughter, riding in a child seat behind her. Berry rear-ended a Subaru Legacy that was stopped behind the school bus. The Subaru was heavily damaged in the impact, and the school bus received lesser damage in the back, officials said. The driver of the Subaru was not injured.

Berry and her daughter were taken to the Newport Hospital emergency room, where they were treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.


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