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Nine Students Hospitalized After Bus Collides with Trucks

Jonathan Hernandez11 months ago

Nine elementary aged children have been hospitalized after the bus and two semi-trucks collided on Green Bay Road at Major Avenue Beach Park, according to police.

Details about the School Bus Accident

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that nine students from Kenneth Murphy Elementary School have been hospitalized after their school bus collided with two semi-trucks in Beach Park.

Detective Christopher Covelli, a spokesman from Lake County Sheriff’s office, said that there were a total of 56 students on the bus that was taking them home from the elementary school.

Six ambulances took a total of nine students to Vista Medical Center East and West with injuries that were all non-life-threatening. Students who were not injured were transported back to the school where parents would pick them up.

The school bus was headed north on Green Bay Road when it had to stop in traffic. A truck coming up behind it failed to stop in time and crashed into the back of the bus forcing the bus to move forward into another semi-truck. Both the front and rear ends of the bus were damaged.

The driver of the truck that first crashed into the bus, 55-year-old Milos Ostojic, has been charged with failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving without a driver’s license on him, and for failing to provide proof of insurance.

Important Information about School Bus Accidents

The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2012 that:

  • Since 2003 there were a total of 1,222 fatal school-transportation-related crashes in the United States.
  • Since 2003, 1,353 people were killed in school-transportation-related motor vehicle accidents.
  • Impacts to the front of the school transportation vehicles occurred in 49 percent of the accidents that happened.

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