Update: Boise Police have charged the driver of a ValleyRide bus with Negligent Driving after a crash downtown that caused a long stretch of damage but fortunately no serious injuries.
The crash occurred January 6, 2014, on South 13th Street between Grove and Main Streets.
Investigating officers say there's evidence the driver, a 59 year old man from Boise, was driving drowsy and appeared to have his eyes closed just prior to the crash.
The driver was charged with Negligent Driving, Boise City Code 10-10-13C, a misdemeanor which carries a possible maximum penalty of a $300 fine and up to six months in jail.
Boise City Code: Section 10-10-13 NEGLIGENT DRIVING
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle in a negligent manner over and along the highways, streets or alleys of this City. For the purpose of this Section, to "operate in a negligent manner" shall be construed to mean the operation of a motor vehicle under any of the following conditions:
A. The engaging in any motor vehicle speed contest or exhibition of speed.
B. Excessive, unreasonable, rapid acceleration of a motor vehicle.
C. The operation of a motor vehicle where the operator has less than full control of the speed and direction of movement of the vehicle. The collision by a vehicle with any stationary object shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this Section.
Update, 12:46 p.m.: Boise Police have confirmed 9 people including the driver were on board the bus at the time of this morning's crash.
In all, the trail of debris left by the bus covered approximately 100 yards, from Grove
to Main Street. The bus ran over and sheered off 5 trees, all approximately 10 - 12 inches in diameter, two light poles and an ACHD sign before hitting the building and coming to a stop.
The investigation into the cause of this crash is expected to be lengthy, probably days or weeks as officers investigate all aspects of the crash including possible mechanical and other issues.
Boise, January 6, 2013, 9:30 a.m. - Boise Police are investigating what happened to cause a bus to crash into the Idaho Power building downtown this morning. Approximately one dozen people were on the bus at the time. Fortunately no one was seriously injured. The bus stopped hanging precariously over a underground parking garage.
What Happened: Boise Police and Firefighters were called at 6:33 this morning to
Investigating officers say the bus driver reports losing control as the bus headed north on 13th. The bus hit several trees and a light pole before hitting the building and coming to a stop. the crash on the corner of South 13th and West Main Streets. When they arrived, they found a Valley Ride bus had crashed into the Idaho Power building on the southeast corner of the intersection. The bus stopped after it hit a column just above an underground parking area.
One woman taken to the hospital: Between 10 and 12 people including the male driver were on the bus at the time. One woman reportedly complaining of pain was taken to a nearby hospital. Her condition did not appear life threatening.
Structural damage: As a precaution, firefighters evacuated a cafeteria directly above the portion of the building that was damaged in the crash. Firefighters, working with Idaho Power say, at this time structural damage to the building does not appear serious.
Investigation: Boise Police, with the assistance of Idaho State Police continue to investigate. No citations have been issued at this time.
Currently one lane of 13th Street and one lane of Main Street are restricted to allow for the investigation and cleanup of debris.
***Image courtesy of Boise Fire Department Battalion Chief Aaron Hummel.