Kamas mayor recovering from bus crash
Lew Marchant remains hospitalized
Joanne Marchant says she and her husband, Kamas Mayor Lew Marchant, have plenty to be grateful for this holiday season.
Marchant said the mayor is recovering “very well” after a bus accident in which he was critically injured earlier this month.
“We are very fortunate. We feel like we have had a great many tender mercies on our behalf and the people in our valley have been so supportive,” Marchant said. “We just can’t say enough how much we have appreciated the support from people.”
Marchant said the mayor, who is 72 years old, remains hospitalized following surgery. He had a pacemaker installed shortly after the accident, but was recently readmitted.
“He is still in the hospital and it will be a little while still,” Marchant said. “It’s going to take him a little bit of time to get his strength back, but they have assured us that the pacemaker is a wonderful thing and it just makes you feel really good.”
At around 7:54 a.m. on Dec. 5, the mayor was driving a bus for the South Summit School District on the Mirror Lake Highway (State Road 150) when he passed out, causing the bus to veer to the right and strike a power pole. There were no students on board at the time.
He was taken to Park City Hospital in critical condition before he was transported to Intermountain Medical Center.
“There was some scar tissue in his heart that irritated it and sent him it into irregular rhythm and that is what caused him to black out. It was not a heart attack,” Marchant said. “He is probably feeling his age a bit these days, but he has always been young at heart.
“He has absolutely loved the job,” she said. “I just can’t tell you how much. It is almost like the children have become his children. He just loves them.”
Marchant said her husband has been driving for the South Summit School District for nearly 20 years. He was elected mayor in 2002.
“It will be a little while, but he will return to his mayor duties,” Marchant said. As for driving the bus, she said “he wants to, but we will have to see.”
“He has loved it and he just hates to give it up, but we may have to do some changing in our lives,” Marchant said. “We don’t know yet.
“He is quite well now, but he is still in the hospital so we will just have to see,” she said.
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