The Chicago Public Schools teachers’ strike is making national as well as state news. As a result, some 350,000 students are being forced to do something other than classroom learning. However, many more students in Illinois are still attending classes as usual. However, this morning in LaSalle County was anything but normal for dozens of elementary school students.
That’s because the school bus they were riding in was involved in a horrendous school bus accident last Monday morning about four miles north of Marseilles in Milton Township. Around 8:15am, a school bus was traveling east on County Highway 26 about a mile and a half north of Interstate 80 toward Milton Pope Elementary School. When it reached the intersection of East 25th Road (near the Prairie Lake Hunt Club Airport), a pickup truck traveling northbound ran a stop sign and broadsided the bus. The school bus wound up on its side in a field, and the pickup truck was demolished. A total of 39 people, including the drivers of the bus and pickup, had to be transported to nearby hospitals. Authorities say that while some of the injuries were serious, none of them appears to be life-threatening.
This appears to just be a case of a pickup truck driver not paying attention. Northbound traffic on East 25th has a stop sign, but Highway 26 does not; so the school bus had the right of way. Based on the information known at this time, it looks like the pickup truck driver will be held solely responsible for the school bus accident.
That means that the pickup truck driver could be named as a defendant in potentially dozens of personal injury lawsuits filed by the parents of the children who were hurt. These lawsuits could allow the plaintiffs to collect reimbursement for ambulance charges, hospitalization and treatment costs, and physical therapy expenses.
If your child was involved in this accident, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney for a free, no obligation evaluation of your case.