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UPDATE: 11-Year-Old Boy Killed, 5 Hurt In School Bus vs. Dump Truck Crash
UPDATE: On December 5, 2013, at approximately 7:58 a.m., the Idaho State Police began an investigation of a two vehicle crash involving a 1998 Bluebird school bus and a 1974 Mack dump truck at the intersection of Deer Flat and Happy Valley Roads in rural Canyon County. The bus was transporting twelve elementary school age children to Crimson Point Elementary in Kuna.
Five children were injured in the crash. One child succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The Canyon County Coroner's Office has identified the child as Daniel Robert Cook, age 11, of Nampa. Daniel's parents were notified shortly after the crash.
Four other children were transported to area hospitals. Two of the children had minor injuries and were released. The names of the children and their extent of their injuries are not being reported at this time. The children who were not injured were transported to school and were then released to their parents.
The school bus was traveling east on Deer Flat Road and the dump truck was traveling north on Happy Valley Road. The intersection is controlled by two stop signs posted for those traveling east and west on Deer Flat Road. The speed limit on both roads is 50 mph.
The driver of the school bus was Debra Boatwright, 56, of Kuna and the driver of the dump truck was Charles Derby, 33, of Nampa. Neither driver was physically injured in the crash.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police. The determination on whether there will be any charges in this crash will be made after the investigation is completed. The investigation may take several weeks to complete. Both roads were blocked for approximately 5 and a half hours.
Those assisting on scene were Canyon County Sheriff's Office, Ada County Sheriff's Office, Nampa Police Department, Nampa Fire Department, Kuna Rural Fire District, Canyon County Paramedics, Ada County Paramedics, Nampa Highway District and Idaho Transportation Department.
Nampa, Idaho ( KBOI-TV) An 11-year-old boy has been killed in a school bus crash south of Nampa, officials say.
Twelve children were on the bus and a total of five kids and one adult were transported to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center with injuries.
"It's horrible," Idaho State Police trooper John Burke said. "It's a terrible thing and the family is devasted --- they need our prayers. We hope they can get through this." | Photos from the Scene
The crash occurred at about 7:50 a.m. near Happy Valley and Deer Flat Road. The dump truck was traveling north on Happy Valley while the school bus was driving east on Deer Flat when the collission occurred.
Nampa PD Sgt. Tim Randall says Life Flight was dispatched to the scene as well as extra ambulances. The bus is from the Kuna School District and was transporting children from Crimson Point Elementary. | Raw Video from the Scene
ISP says the parents of the deceased child have been notified.
"We love them (the family) and we feel their loss and they're certainly in our thoughts," one neighbor told KBOI 2News.
The intersection of Happy Valley and Deer Flat will be closed for several hours while police investiate the crash.
Two children are at St. Als in Boise while two children and an adult are at St. Als in Nampa.
The school bus and dump truck driver were not injured in the crash, however, ISP said in a news conference, that both are described as being distraught.
Parents of students who attend Crimson Point can call 922-1000 to inquire about their children.
Photo courtesy: KBOI-TV