It is a scenario parents across the nation fear: Their child has been involved in a school bus accident. Each time parents send their children off to school on a public transport, they often dread receiving word that the unthinkable has happened.
Like other motor vehicles, school buses are at risk for an accident the entire time they occupy roadways. The main difference is that instead of carrying a handful of people, school buses often carry tens of passengers. Unfortunately, a school bus accident occurred recently in Kankakee County, Illinois. The bus was carrying 19 students when an alleged drunk driver crossed into the opposite lane and struck the school bus.
The accident occurred during the afternoon at about 3:40 along Route 1. The driver of the car that caused the bus accident was charged with DUI and suffered unnamed injuries. In a piece of good news, the bus driver and all of the 19 children did not suffer any injuries. Reportedly, the students were taken to St. Anne Elementary School where they were released to their parents.
The end of this story would have been much worse if any of the children had suffered injury or death. While it is good to see a positive outcome—no victim injuries and the negligent driver arrested—this should still serve as a reminder to all about the dangers of drinking under the influence.
Nothing can completely take away the worry of putting your children on a public mode of transport. Hopefully, this story can ease your mind at least a little and give you hope about how negligent parties are penalized when bus accidents do occur.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times, "Driver charged with DUI after crash with school bus in Kankakee County," Aug. 30, 2017