Last month, we told you about a school bus accident in Kane County that injured nine special-needs students. Later, it was revealed that the bus driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel just before the bus ran into a ditch and wound up in a corn field. Now, we’re hearing of another incident where a school bus ran into a ditch. This time, the frightening school bus accident occurred in Jo Daviess County – and several of the bus’ passengers had to be rushed to area hospitals.
At around 7:45am on Tuesday morning, a school bus was transporting students to school in Scales Mound along Stagecoach Trail. Less then two miles from Scales Mound, the bus ran over a portion of the roadway which was covered with snow and slush, and the 75-year old school bus driver lost control of the vehicle. The school bus veered into a ditch, and seven students were subsequently taken to Galena and Dubuque via ambulance and private car.The school bus driver was cited by Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office deputies for improper lane usage. Despite the inclement weather conditions, the bus driver will likely be held fully responsible for the injuries to the seven students. This means that the parents of the students could file personal injury lawsuits against not only the 75-year old bus driver, but also the Scales Mound School District and/or the company which operates the school bus.Plaintiffs in these lawsuits would likely ask for reimbursement of any medical expenses which they may have incurred as a result of the school bus accident. They might also ask for monetary damages relating to emotional distress or mental anguish. These plaintiffs could argue that they entrusted the safety of their children to the defendants – and that trust was violated when the school bus ran off the road.