Bus crashes into Idaho Power headquarters


by Matt Standal


Posted on January 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 3:11 AM

BOISE -- A passenger bus veered off the road and struck the Idaho Power corporate headquarters near the intersection of 13th and Main streets just after 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Police say the Valley Regional Transit bus experienced brake failure and the driver wasn't able to maintain control, forcing him to crash the bus.

Thankfully, of the 10 passengers onboard, only one was injured. Paramedics treated that woman on scene before transporting her to a local hospital.

KTVB Photojournalist Eric Turner reports the bus crashed into several parked cars and light poles in a nearby parking lot before smashing into the building and damaging a support beam.

Passenger Joe Pacheco told KTVB the bus driver was able to minimize the damage done to the bus and surrounding property by pumping the brakes and swerving to avoid more parked cars.

"He did a phenomenal job," Pacheco said. "I mean, that could have been so much worse than it was."

Pacheco said the bus was traveling about 30 miles-per-hour when it struck the building with terrifying force.

"Just seein' that wall come up, and the windows cracking and buckling, and I thought, 'Thank God for the safety glass,'" Pacheco said. "You see that stuff start flying and you're just thinking about glass in your face and getting sharded."

"Yeah, it was a hell of a ride," he added.

Idaho Power spokesperson Stephanie McCurdy says the bus struck in the vicinity of an underground loading area. She said the crash did not injure anyone inside the building, and reports a structural engineer is inspecting the building.

A picture tweeted by the Boise Police Department shows the bus partially hanging over what appears to be a large loading bay inside the building.

Meanwhile, police say drivers should expect delays in the area as they investigate the crash.