There was a collision involving a school bus and two semi trucks Wednesday (January 20, 2016) in Beach Park.
According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened at the intersection of Green Bay Road and Major Avenue. The Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding the crash at 3:04 p.m.
The accident involved a school bus (Kenneth Murphy Elementary School Bus 15) being “rear-ended” by a semi truck as the school bus was stopped in traffic. Due to the impact, the school bus was pushed (i.e. “sandwiched”) into a semi truck in front of it.
At the time of the crash, the school bus had 56 children on board. Of the 56 children, 9 were taken to Vista Medical Center East and West for treatment of their accident injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening in nature.
An excerpt from the Lake County News-Sun article (with video) titled “9 children hospitalized in Beach Park school bus crash“:
Annabele, 7, said everyone on the bus was thrown forward on first impact and knocked backward on second impact. She said she hit her head on the seat in front of her but was not feeling hurt.
Media sources don’t mention as to whether seat belts were used in the bus.
Neither truck driver was injured during the accident.
Another excerpt from the Lake County News-Sun article mentioned above, quoting Detective Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office:
The driver of the truck that crashed into the bus, Milos Ostojic, 55, of the 900 block of Clark Drive in Gurnee, has been charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving without proof of insurance and not having a driver’s license on him, Covelli said.
Additional details and possible updates concerning this school bus accident can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Lake County News-Sun article mentioned above, as well as the January 20 Daily Herald article titled “Seven children injured in Beach Park school bus crash” and January 20 wgntv.com article (with video) titled “School bus, 2 semis involved in crash in Beach Park.”
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