bus accident

A firefighter helps a student exit a school bus after it was struck by a semi in the intersection of 100 North and Main Street in Smithfield.

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A semi truck and a school bus with children on board collided near 100 North and Main Street in Smithfield shortly after 1:45 p.m. Friday, according to scanner traffic.

A Newton resident who had two children on the bus said they got “bumps and shock,” and that one student was taken to the hospital to be evaluated. The bus was taking Green Canyon High School students home to the Newton area.

Officials from Cache County School District, Smithfield Police and the Utah Highway Patrol did not respond to requests for information by Friday evening’s print deadline.

Following the crash, police shut down some lanes of traffic, including southbound on Main Street from 200 North. The vehicles had been cleared from the roadway and lanes opened back up shortly after 3:15 p.m.

A separate Cache County School District bus was sent to the scene to transfer passengers with no apparent major injuries.

The area is near the school zone for Summit Elementary, 80 W. Center Street and complicated student pickup after classes dismissed at 2:20 p.m. A Summit Elementary administrator and teachers stepped in to direct traffic that had been detoured past the west side of the school at one point, according to scanner traffic, before being advised by law enforcement to stay out of the roadway.

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