UPDATE: Idaho Falls Police officer crashes on the way to wreck


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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com

The following has been updated with the latest information.

IDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls police officer crashed on the way to a school bus accident Monday around 3:45 p.m.

Police say the officer was eastbound on 17th Street with his lights and sirens on. A Mercedes was headed east as well and was signaling to turn north onto Fife Avenue. The driver was unaware of the officer. The driver of the Mercedes did not turn in time, so the officer attempted to go around the vehicle.

The Mercedes decided to turn after the officer had already started going around it. It clipped the side of the police car causing it to crash into a parked red Chevy and a fence.

No injuries were reported and The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene along with the Idaho Falls police.

The black SUV that rear-ended the school bus.| Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com

No injuries were reported at the bus wreck on South Boulevard and 17th street as well. An ambulance was sent to the scene to check children and others for injuries.

Holly Cook, spokeswoman for the Idaho Falls Police Department said a black SUV rear-ended a Teton Stage Lines bus around 3:20 p.m. The bus is contracted with Alturas International Academy charter school and was transporting children at the time of crash. Four units from the Idaho Falls Police Department responded to the scene.