A woman has died following Monday afternoon’s vehicle/bus crash in Lewiston. The Utah Highway Patrol announced Amber Nielsen Crouch passed away from her injuries late Monday night after being flown to Ogden Regional Hospital. The 19-year-old was a passenger in a car that rear-ended a school bus just before 4 p.m. near 1875 West Center Street.
UHP Lt. Lee Perry said the Toyota Corolla reportedly ran into the back of a Cache County School bus. The bus had just dropped off a student and recently re-entered the lane.
“There were 32 elementary school kids on board,” explained Perry. “None of them were injured or seriously hurt. They were checked out, released and went home with parents.”
Nielsen was pinned inside the car and was barely breathing. She was extricated by emergency crews and transferred to the Cache Valley Hospital. She suffered severe head injuries and was airlifted to Ogden, where efforts to save her failed.
The male driver sustained only minor injuries. He was treated at the hospital and later released.
Perry said the crash is a tragic reminder to drive cautiously around school buses.
“It doesn’t matter whether the lights are on or not, people have got to use extreme caution when they are around school buses. When you are around a school bus you know there is probably kids on board or around that bus. We just ask people to be extremely cautious around school buses.”
Troopers believe the Toyota was traveling the speed limit, around 55 mph when it rear-ended the bus. They are unsure if the two were wearing seat belts or what caused them to not see the bus.
Perry said the identities of both drivers are being withheld pending the completion of their investigation.
Funeral services are being arranged for Nielsen. She was originally from Richmond.