Three students received minor injuries after a rear-end collision when two Box Elder High School buses collided on Interstate 80 on Monday.
The accident occurred in the westbound lane at about 3:28 p.m. amidst road work near the Saltair exit. A cement mixer from the construction zone pulled a U-turn in front of one of the buses, causing the lead bus to slam on its brakes, said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce.
The second bus collided with the rear of the braking bus, causing damage to both vehicles. About 100 students were on the two buses, heading to a choir competition at Grantsville High School.
The three female students hurt in accident were transported to Jordan Valley Medical Center in West Valley City, Royce said. School buses from Tooele were sent to pick up the students and transport them to the competition.
The westbound lane was closed for about an hour while the buses were moved to the viewing area past mile marker 102, Royce said. Traffic was diverted through the on and off ramps for Saltair during the closure.