Update: High school student dead after auto-school bus collision in Riverton

Police responded to the scene of a fatal car-school bus accident on Feb. 14, 2018. Photo: Gephardt Daily/Steve Milner

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RIVERTON, Utah, Feb. 14, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Unified Police officials have identified the victim in a fatal collision of a car and a school bus in Riverton on Wednesday.

Killed was the teenage driver of the sedan, Bryson Hathaway.

“Our thoughts are with the family of 17-year-old Bryson Hathaway who died today in the crash at 12600 S. and Bangerter Highway,” said a tweet from the Unified Police Department. “Bryson was a senior at Herriman High School.”

The accident happened at about 1:45 p.m. at 12600 S. Bangerter Highway. The school bus was southbound, waiting for a traffic light to change.

“A vehicle that was also going in the same direction apparently didn’t realize the bus was stopped in front of it, and the vehicle hit the back of the bus at a relatively high speed,” Detective Ken Hansen, Unified Police Department, said at the scene.

It appears Hathaway never saw the bus, Hansen said.

“There is no indication (such as skid marks) that the driver of the car saw the bus stopped in front of it,” Hansen said. “The amount of damage to that car is unbelievable.”

Hansen estimated the car was traveling at 50 mph.

On the school bus, the only rider, a ninth grade girl, received minor injuries. Her parents took her to the hospital as a precaution, Hansen said. The bus driver, a man in his 40s, was unhurt but badly shaken, Hansen said.

Officials were not immediately sure whether Hathaway was alone in his car due to the severity of damage to his vehicle.



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