(KMVT/KSVT) — The driver of a semi-truck was transported to St. Luke's Magic Valley hospital after striking a bus attempting to make an illegal U-turn on U.S. Highway 30.
Idaho State Police is investigating the crash that has blocked U.S. Highway 30 Tuesday at about 7:14 a.m. near Thousand Springs Resort. Lanes were blocked for nearly five hours.
According to a news release, ISP said Christina J. O’Conner, of San Francisco, California, drove eastbound on US 30 in a Freightliner tour bus transporting passengers. O’Conner used a turnout in the road to turn the bus around to drive westbound. Teresa Watson, of Nampa, drove westbound on US 30 in a Peterbilt Semi and truck the tour bus. O’Conner was wearing a seat belt and Watson was not.
ISP said no one else was injured, and arrangements were made for another bus to pick up the 15-20 passengers on the tour bus.
Cpl. Steve McClain with ISP said the road can be busier in the summer, but for the most part doesn't see heavy traffic.
"People take that for granted and they don't think that there's much traffic, and so they think they can make U-turns or they can make unsafe turns when it's really not necessary," he said.
Gooding County Sheriff’s Office and Hagerman Fire also responded to the crash..