Seven children fighting for life as bus rolls over on way home from camping trip

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The crash blocked both lanes of Highway 55 for hours (Image: Samantha Grange)
The crash blocked both lanes of Highway 55 for hours (Image: Samantha Grange)

Seven children are fighting for life after a bus carrying teenage campers overturned on a winding rural road.

Eleven people were injured in total following the horror smash in Idaho, US. Local officials said 30 people were on board when the vehicle rolled over. The Valley County Sheriff's Office said they rushed to the scene after being notified at about 3.00 p.m.

The bus was en route home to the city of Boise from a residential trip to a YMCA camp by a reservoir. All of the teens on the bus were between 13 and 18 years old, according to Indiana State Police.

Seven children fighting for life as bus rolls over on way home from camping trip eideziqkeiqhhinvInjured children were taken to nearby hospitals (kivitv)

They were all taken to area hospitals, including ones in St. Luke's Health System, to be checked out. St. Luke's was caring for patients at its Boise and Meridian hospitals.

A spokesperson for the healthcare system, Taylor Reeves, said that they were "working to reunite families". The Boise County Coroner's office does not have any reports of fatalities so far.

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Both lanes of Highway 55 were blocked for hours. The two-lane road is one of the state's two major north-south routes, and it is frequently packed with weekend travelers headed from the Boise region to the vacation destination of McCall and popular area campsites.

Local YMCA president and CEO David Duro said all campers on both buses that were traveling made it back to the Boise area. The crash happened about 35 miles away from the camp after the Sunday-to-Friday overnight camp session had ended.

He said: "It's one of those experiences that every child should be able to enjoy safely and I don't know what happened. All we've been told is that it's under investigation."

Seven children fighting for life as bus rolls over on way home from camping tripThe camp is still unsure if they'll be moving forward with the next session (kivitv)

The bus is not a mandatory transportation method for the students. Families can always opt to drive their children on their own, but Mr. Duro does say that normally a great experience for campers.

It's not unusual for the YMCA to run several buses full of children to and from the camp sessions. One of those sessions is set to begin on Sunday, but Mr. Duro said that officials are still deciding if they will hold it as scheduled. He also added that they're still reviewing to figure out what can be done to be sure the journey is safer.

The YMCA contracts Caldwell Transportation, which also transports students during the school year, to take the children to and from the camp. The bus company has not yet commented on the incident.

Alex West

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