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1 adult killed, students hurt in Idaho bus crash

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Heather Christensen grabbed the wheel and tried to gain control of the bus after the driver passed out Heather Christensen grabbed the wheel and tried to gain control of the bus after the driver passed out

INKOM, Idaho. - A bus carrying a celebrated Utah high school band swerved off an Idaho interstate and crashed, killing an instructor and injuring several students.

Idaho state police identified the person killed in the Saturday-evening crash as 33-year-old Heather Christensen of Spanish Fork, Utah. She was the American Fork, Utah, high school band's woodwind instructor.

Police on Sunday also released the name of the bus driver, who remains hospitalized in Pocatello in stable condition. She is 50-year-old Debra Jarvis of Spanish Fork, Utah. Police say blood and urine samples have been taken, as is customary in fatal wrecks.

About 45 students were taken to the hospital following the wreck, but none had life-threatening injuries. Only one remained hospitalized Sunday, and she was in stable condition.

The band was heading home from a competition in Pocatello when the wreck occurred at about 7 p.m. on Interstate 15, just north of McCammon. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Hundreds honor teacher who sacrificed herself to save bus full of students

On Sunday students and friends from two schools came together to remember Christensen.

One parent described the tightly knit group of students and their families as one large family.

They are accustomed to many hours together in rehearsal, in travel, and now in grief.

The American Fork High School gymnasium was so packed staff had to bring in extra chairs.

The award-winning American Fork marching band was on their way home from a competition when their bus driver suddenly passed out.

Christensen grabbed the wheel and tried to gain control of the bus.

It rolled and Christensen was the sole fatality.

"I saw her stand up and jump for the wheel," recalled student Hayley Lund. "Before I knew it, the bus was off the road and we started bumping, and then we hit a really big bump, and everyone went flying in their seats."

Christensen's sister, Jana Hogenson, says Heather has always been her hero, but now the term takes on new meaning.

"I talked to the girl that sat right next to her last night on the bus, and she said had it not been for her, a lot of them would have died," Hogenson said.

Early investigation shows the driver had a medical condition which caused the crash.

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