Posted on May 15th, 2012 by Zane Cagle
Ten people were injured when a school bus rear ended a semi-truck on I-55 near Litchfield, Illinois according to FOX News. According to the Superintendent of the Highland School District, the bus was filled with 6th graders from Grantfork Elementary. Thirty-three students, two teachers and 5 chaperones had been on the field trip to Springfield, IL and were returning home. The Illinois State Police said the bus rear-ended the truck that had slowed down and may have been stopped for construction traffic.
Ten people, including the bus driver were transported to St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield or Hillsboro Area Hospital. Many of them were treated in the ER with lacerations, scrapes, and bruises.
Apparently, the most seriously injured student was a 12 yr-old girl who was airlifted by helicopter to Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis with a broken leg that may require surgery.
Certainly investigators will search to find the reason for the crash. As of the latest report by FOX News, authorities are indicating that the bus driver was driving too fast. Futher investigations will determine all factors involved in the crash.
In the spring, summer and early falls, Midwest drivers of all kinds are faced with construction zones. Accidents tend to rise from construction zones due to reduced speeds and some drivers not being aware. Of course, we are in no way saying the school bus driver was not paying attention or unaware of the surroundings. Unfortunately, school busses do not generally have seat restraints for children. While you would probably not think of transporting your child in your personal car without a seat belt, public transport including school buses do not have seat belts for a variety of reasons. ….something to consider?
Of course, if you have ever transported even a carload of children, you know how difficult it is to keep them in their seats and with a seat belt on. Is it possible to ask a single bus driver to monitor seat belts on children and concentrate on driving? Maybe…..Probably.
However, when we do hear of crashes involving children on a school bus, it always makes us wonder if we are doing all that we can to keep them safe. We hope that the sheer size of the bus will always work to their advantage. What might have been the possible outcome if the semi- truck had rear ended the school bus? It may have turned out tragically different.
If you have been the victim of an auto accident, it is important to always gain information so that you can make the best decision. If you have been the victim in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you certainly need all of the information you can get. Zane T. Cagle has been representing clients with serious injuries of many kinds of accidents such as car and truck accidents, product liability accidents, and bus accidents. The personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm are always happy to talk with you in a free consultation to determine if you even need an attorney. Call (314) 276-1681 to talk with Zane T. Cagle today.