IDAHO FALLS – Authorities released the name of the man killed in a crash involving a school bus and van on Monday.
Police said David Eason Thomas Roemer, 27, from Ammon, the driver of the van, died in the crash. Four students from the school bus were also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
The accident occurred at the intersection of 15th East and 65th North in Bonneville County at approximately 8:09 am The Bonneville Joint School District 93 bus was overturned on its side in a field with the front window shattered. The van was at the side of the road and crashed near a fence.
More than 40 students from Rocky Mountain Middle School and Bonneville High School were on the # 22 bus. They were checked by paramedics, but only the four students required hospitalization. The bus driver was not injured, according to a press release from District 93.
Investigators say that before the crash, the bus was traveling south on the 15th east and Roemer was heading east on the 65th north. He ran a stop sign, crashed into the bus and ultimately died at the scene.
“We are grateful for the cooperation and support of our parents to help respond to this situation this morning,” District 93 Superintendent Scott Woolstenhulme said in the press release. “Although our transportation department has a very safe driving record, accidents can happen. We encourage our community to always drive safely and pay special attention to our school buses. ”
At least four ambulances, several fire trucks, Idaho Falls police and Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash.
EastIdahoNews.com will update this story as more details are released.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that five students were taken to hospital. It has since been updated with new information.