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Principal: School bus driver involved in crash on administrative leave

The Blaine County School District told KBOI 2News that the final student was released Wednesday morning. (KBOI Staff Photo)

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The school bus driver involved in Tuesday's crash that involved 39 students has now been placed on administrative leave.

The Idaho State Police says school bus driver Richard Mecham of Carey was driving along Highway 26 when he drove off the right shoulder, over-corrected and rolled the bus.

Carey school principal told KBOI 2News that Mecham is now on paid administrative leave. In other news following the crash, all students involved in Tuesday's school bus rollover crash outside Ritchfield have since been released from the hospital.

About a dozen of the students involved in the crash were back in school Wednesday.

Marie Mecham's 14-year-old son was on the school bus and she knows many others who were as well.

"In this tight-knit community everybody knows everybody," she said. "Everybody was scared and worried. Many parents went down there and we have all been Facebook and texting each other them asking about our kids I was asking about theirs."

And she says her son decided to go to school today.

"He's doing fine he's sore, but mentally he's handling it pretty good."

Marie's father in law is also the school bus driver.

"He's doing OK, he's sore, he's pretty shook up about what happened," she said.

The Blaine County School District told KBOI 2News that the final student was released Wednesday morning.

"We are relieved that our students, two coaches, and bus driver are alive and on the road to healing," the district said. "There will be physical and emotional healing ahead for our students and staff and we will be monitoring their needs."

Carey principal John Peck says the school was definitely shaken, but students and staff are definitely staying positive.

"I'd say the mood of the school is good we're definitely relieved at the outcome," Peck said. "Never a good situation but could've been so much worse."




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