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School bus driver pleads guilty after crash that injured 12 students

The bus carrying Carey Jr. High students was on its way to a track meet April 18 when it rolled about six miles west of Richfield along the highway. (KBOI File Photo)

A former Idaho school bus driver who crashed on Highway 26 that injured a dozen students hurt has pleaded guilty.

The bus carrying Carey Jr. High students was on its way to a track meet April 18 when it rolled about six miles west of Richfield along the highway. The bus was carrying 39 students as well as two coaches and the driver.

Twelve of the students were taken to nearby hospitals, though none of the students' injuries were life-threatening.

The Idaho Transportation Department in a crash report said 67-year-old Richard Mecham may have been drowsy or fatigued before the crash happened and also listed 'inattention' as a contributing factor.

According to Idaho court records, Mecham pleaded guilty last week to inattentive driving and was sentenced to a suspended 90-day jail sentence, meaning he won't face any jail time.

The Lincoln County chief deputy clerk told KBOI 2News that Mecham was also sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation as well as a suspended $300 fine.

He'll also have to pay $157.50 in court costs.



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