Parents of 11 Southern Illinois children are all breathing a collective sigh of relief after an accident between a daycare bus and a garbage truck sent 11 kids and two adults to a hospital. Police reports say that at around 7:15a.m. on the morning of May 2, a garbage truck owned by a commercial trash collection company turned a corner at a high rate of speed. The daycare bus had just turned the same corner going in the opposite direction when the garbage truck tipped from excessive speed and collided with the bus's rear end. The resulting impact spun the bus around and then off the road. The garbage truck ultimately ended up on its side in a grassy area off to the side of the road.
The director of the daycare mentioned that the truck had lost its brakes, although police remain uncertain as to why the driver of the trash truck had taken the corner with so much speed.
An adult woman who was riding in the daycare bus was knocked out for a while after receiving a blow to her head during the garbage truck accident. She seemed to have received only a knot on her head as a result of the crash; however, an Illinois State Police trooper said it took rescuers about 15 minutes to get her out of the damaged bus. One child suffered a gash to the head. All of the occupants of the daycare bus went to the hospital as a precautionary measure, and two of the kids will require stitches. Everyone on board the bus was wearing their seatbelts when the accident occurred.
Although this story ended better than it could have, the parents of these children have a right to know why the accident happened in the first place. Commercial trucking operations are required to reasonably maintain their vehicles so that they do not pose a hazard to other motorists that share the same roadways. There may be legal ways to force the owner of the garbage company to disclose the maintenance records of the truck's braking system. They may also be able to sue for compensatory damages if it can be determined that the trucking company knowingly placed a truck with defective braking onto the roadway.
Source: The Southern Illinoisian, "Updated: 11 kids, two adults injured in daycare bus crash" No author given, May. 02, 2014