Seven preschool students were headed to Alton Early Childhood Education Center in Illinois when their bus was hit by a car. All of the children managed to escape injury, but two adults on the bus were hurt in the early morning crash.
The bus accident took place at the intersection of Tremont Drive and Meadowlark Drive in Godfrey. Police say that a car driving west on Tremont Drive failed to yield to the bus as it traveled through the intersection at around 8:15 a.m. The impact sent the bus into the yard of a house.
The driver of the bus and a monitor employed by the bus company both sustained minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital. None of the children, whose ages ranged from three to five, were injured in the bus accident. All of them were wearing seatbelts at the time. The school district called the parents of the students involved to inform them of the accident and let them know their children were okay. Paramedics checked the children and found none to be injured. The students then stayed on the bus until their parents came to pick them up.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Department stated that the driver of the other vehicle was at fault in the accident. Information about that driver has not been released because of his age. However, police have stated that the teenage driver will be cited for failing to yield. He was not injured in the bus crash.
Bus accidents can be devastating because of the number of passengers that can be involved. Victims of serious bus accidents could face serious injuries that involve expensive treatment and lengthy recovery periods. In these cases, lawyers who specialize in motor vehicle accidents might be able to help victims review their options when it comes to compensation.
Source: The Telegraph, “Two hurt in school bus crash,” Kathie Bassett, May 1, 2013