car-bus accident

Emergency workers respond to an accident on Monday in Lewiston.

A Cache Valley woman injured in a collision with a school bus in Lewiston late Monday afternoon was pronounced dead when she arrived at Ogden Regional Hospital.

Amber Nielsen Crouch of Lewiston, 19, was one of two occupants in a 2012 Toyota Corolla that was traveling westbound on State Road 61, about one mile west of Theurer’s Quality Meats, when the crash occurred.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Lee Perry reported that a school bus was also westbound and had just dropped some students at a bus stop. The bus was re-entering the roadway when the car struck the left rear of the bus.

Crouch, a passenger in the car, was transported to Cache Valley Hospital with serious head injuries. She was flown to Ogden Regional where she was pronounced dead, Perry said.

Crouch, who was originally from Richmond, had just moved to Lewiston after her recent marriage, Perry said.

The driver, a 21-year-old male, was also transported to Cache Valley Hospital where he was treated and released.

Both occupants of the car were wearing their seatbelts.

Perry said Tuesday that two of the 32 children on the bus were checked for injuries by ambulance personnel and released to their respective parents.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, Perry said.

“There is no reason to think there was impairment — we’re not looking at that at all,” he said. “But, we are looking at all other causes of the crash.”

When the investigation has been completed, Perry said that information will be passed on to the Cache County Attorney’s Office for review.

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Amy Macavinta is the crime reporter for The Herald Journal. She can be reached at amacavinta@hjnews.com.