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BURLEY — The Cassia County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the people involved in a school bus crash on Friday.

The 2011 school bus belonging to Community Council of Idaho was driven by Pedro Mendoza, 71, of Rupert. A school aid was on the bus, Rocio Alacanter, 20, of Burley, but no students were aboard.

The crash occurred at just before 8 a.m. at 400 S. on Idaho 27, according to the sheriff’s report.

Mendoza was driving the bus south on the highway when Juan Gonzales-Mirales, 39, who was driving a 1999 Nissan 4-door car east on 400 S., stopped at the stop sign, a witness said, and then pulled out in front of the bus.

Mendoza and Alacanter were taken by ground ambulance to Cassia Regional Hospital to be checked for injury, the sheriff’s office said.

Gonzales-Mirales was taken by air ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center.

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Portneuf did not respond Monday to Times-News requests for Gonzales-Mirales’s condition.

After the bus struck a pole it turned onto its side.

Mendoza and Gonzales-Mirales were wearing seat belts. Alacanter was not, according to police.


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