Several children are in critical condition after a school bus carrying them overturned in Idaho.
“This is the type of incident that every parent dreads,” said a local law enforcement officer.
The harrowing incident occurred just north of Boise on State Highway 55 close to Banks. The bus was ferrying campers from the Treasure Valley YMCA on Friday afternoon, as shared by Idaho State Police.
Of the 30 youngsters aboard, aged between 13 and 18, all were transported to medical facilities as a precautionary measure.
Out of them, 11 children reported injuries.
The exact reason behind the crash is still unclear, and the Idaho State Police are actively investigating the matter.
YMCA Treasure Valley’s chief, David Duro, in a conversation with media, called the accident “a scenario nobody wishes to witness.” He also shared that the YMCA’s primary focus now is ensuring all young victims are back with their families.
The bus in question was one of four in use by the camp program.
Governor Brad Little of Idaho conveyed his concern on Twitter, saying, “Our hearts and prayers are with those affected by the bus accident near Banks.” He went on to appreciate the swift response of emergency services, noting, “Gratitude to the first responders and medical teams aiding during this crisis.”