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According to a report by CBS Chicago, two school buses that were full of children ready to go home from school collided with each other in Antioch in September. Although there were no notable injuries, the school admitted that they could have found a better way to handle the situation.
Both buses were travelling on Route 173, travelling east, and making a right turn onto southbound Route 83. The first bus stopped suddenly after beginning the turn and the second driver was watching oncoming traffic. The second bus driver did not notice that the first bus had stopped until it was too late. The first bus sustained a dent to the rear bumper while the second bus had a dented front bumper lost all of its radiator fluid. The bus was towed and a new bus was brought to the scene to transport the children home.
The Antioch fire chief stated that the situation could have been better handled. He told CBS Chicago,"Typically when there are accidents, they call an ambulance crew to check the kids."
Instead, the drivers asked the students if they were okay, and then driven home when the new bus arrived. It is important to remember that injuries may not be immediately apparent after a motor vehicle accident, and that all those involved should receive medical attention as soon as possible. If one of the children involved in this accident was injured, the school district could be responsible for related medical costs or other costs.
State level procedures, such as reporting the accident to the state within 10 days and testing the driver for drugs and alcohol within two hours of the event, were followed. Parents were alerted of the event via email. One school official apologized for the non-personal approach, stating that a phone call or at least voice mail would have been more appropriate.
Hearing that your child has been involved in an accident while under the care of school officials can be very stressful. If your child has been injured because of the negligence of the party that is responsible for care of your child, an Illinois personal injury attorney can assist you with your case.