A school bus crash this morning in Wadsworth, Illinois, left its driver dead, another driver dead, and almost 25 students with minor injuries. According to The Republic, the school bus was flipped on its side, with two other vehicles nearby. Here are some quick facts you need to know about the accident.
1. The Driver is Dead
The male school bus driver is deceased. There were no details on how he died, what injuries he may have suffered from, or whether he had health issues.
2. The Kids Are Okay
The school bus carried between 22 and 25 students, who were all taken out of the bus with minor injuries. Authorities at two local hospitals said that the patients coming in were in good health. Parents were asked not to report to the crime scene, and instead head for the school for further instructions.
3. Two Other Vehicles Were Involved; 1 Driver Was Killed
The bus was involved in an accident with two other vehicles found on the scene. One of the vehicles was a Jeep Wrangler, with the driver already dead as soon as the authorities arrived. Debris from the accident had been scattered at a nearby farm. No reports were given about the driver of the other vehicle, which was reportedly an SUV.
4. The Bus Was on its Way to School
The school bus carrying students to the Newport Elementary School. The school is about 45 miles from Chicago with 400 students in attendance from kindergarten to the fifth grade. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that eyewitnesses said the bus driver may have run a red light.
5. Roads Were Shut Down
The Daily Herald reported some roads were cut off so the Lake County Sheriff’s staff could investigate. Route 173 was been shut down between Route 41 and Delaney Road, while Kilbourne was shut down south of Russell Road.