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Cassia County school bus crash

The Cassia County school bus involved in a crash Friday, June 23, 2017 near Pocatello is pictured.

POCATELLO — A Friday-afternoon multi-vehicle crash near Pocatello involved a school bus transporting about 30 children from the Cassia County School District.

Nobody was injured.

Idaho State Police investigated the crash around 2:20 p.m. on Interstate 15 in a construction zone at milepost 77 north of Pocatello.

The bus was carrying members of Burley’s boys basketball team, which is participating in summer tournaments, Cassia County School District spokeswoman Debbie Critchfield told the Times-News Monday.

The district sent another school bus to pick up the children and bring them to the tournament they were traveling to, she said.

Arthur P. Korman, 56, of Henderson, Nev., was driving north in a 2014 Hyundai Elantra, ISP wrote in a statement.

Following Korman was Jacob N. Rosen, 25, of Pocatello, driving a 2009 Chevrolet box van.

Following Rosen was Callie M. Smith, 36, of Burley, driving a 2015 Blue Bird school bus, carrying the boys basketball team.

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Korman and Rosen slowed for construction traffic. Smith slowed for traffic but still struck the rear of Rosen’s vehicle, according to ISP.

Rosen lost control of the box van and struck the rear of the Hyundai, then went through the construction cones and into the oncoming southbound traffic.

John W. Palmer, 38, of Blackfoot was driving southbound in a 2015 Peterbilt tractor pulling a 2013 Polar tank trailer. Palmer struck Rosen’s box van after it crossed into southbound traffic.

All of the drivers were wearing seat belts, according to ISP.

Both lanes were blocked for about 30 minutes. Southbound traffic continued to be blocked for another 20 minutes.


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