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Roll-over school bus crash in Newport

One person has died in a roll-over crash involving a school bus, Jeep and SUV.

The accident happened around 8 a.m. Friday at IL-173 and Kilbourne in Newport Township.

There were about 25 kids on board the school bus at the time of the crash.

13 children were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries.

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No charges will be be filed in that fatal accident earlier this month involving a school bus in Lake County.

Dozens of school children were hurt on April 6 when the bus collided with two jeep vehicles west of Zion at State Highway 173 and Kilbourne Road.

Philip Smith, 62, of Beach Park was killed in the accident. He was driving one of the jeeps.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office says it found evidence of prescription drugs in Smith’s system but would not name the prescription drug itself.

The bus was taking students to the Newport School in Wadsworth that morning.

911 calls from last week’s school bus crash have been released and detail a shocking scene that filled callers with panic.

It was 8 a.m. last Friday when a school bus and two other vehicles

collided somehow at Route 173 and Kilbourne in suburban Lake County.   The bus was driving  its daily route to a local elementary school.

Young kids ranging in age from kindergarten to 5th grade, ran from a toppled bus near Wadsworth. Nearby, two other vehicles somehow smashed in the wreckage.

18 ambulances and one medical helicopter rushed to the scene.

The 35 kids inside the bus would end up being ok, but the man in the Jeep Wrangler, 62-year-old Philip Smith did not survive.

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office said Monday that the school bus driver involved in Friday’s fatal crash had a pristine driving record, no accidents or citations.

Toxicology tests for all the drivers involved could take weeks to complete.

The school bus driver involved in a fatal crash in Lake County had a clean record before the incident.

State officials say the woman didn’t have any previous accidents or citations and her physical exam results were normal.

The bus, taking 30 children to school, hit a Jeep Wrangler and a Jeep Cherokee before landing on its side at Route 173 and Kilbourne, Friday morning.

The driver of the Wrangler was killed.

The children on-board the bus were sent to hospitals, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.

There are conflicting statements from witnesses that the bus ran a red light.

Just after 8 o’clock Friday morning, a school bus carrying 35 children, kindergarten through fifth grade, collided with a yellow jeep wrangler at the intersection of Highway 173 and Kilbourne.

A Jeep Cherokee was also hit.  The bus spun around and landed on its side.

First responders say most of the kids were able to walk themselves off of the bus after the accident, though some had minor fractures and bruises.  One of the kids on the bus was 6-year-old Julian Moreno.  His father, Albert was at work about 25 minutes away when he got the call–

“Honestly it was the longest 25 minute drive,” he said, not knowing enough information.

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He said when he arrived at the school, he and other parents were quickly reassured that all the kids had survived and that none of them were seriously injured.  Albert Moreno said it is a miracle considering the bus was on its side, and there are no seat belts on the bus.

The kids were taken to hospitals in Libertyville and Waukegan.

“He was fortunate– just playing, that’s when it really hit me like wow ya know,” Albert said.

The driver of the Jeep Wrangler, 62-year-old Philip Smith, was killed. The two people in the Cherokee survived.

Investigators were on the scene for most of the day trying to figure out which driver was at fault.  The bus is operated by a company called Durham School Services– which released a statement today reading in part:

“Safety is Durham’s top priority, and we are taking every step necessary to ensure that this accident is investigated and responded to appropriately.”

Friday morning, the Lake County Sheriffs’ Department reported that witnesses had said the woman driving the bus ran the red light, but during a news conference this afternoon– investigators said it’s not clear.

Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Sara Balmes said “this morning witnesses told us the light was red, since then we’ve had witnesses told us the light was possibly not red.”

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Dozens were injured and one man was killed, when a school bus collided with two other vehicles Friday morning.

The crash happened at Route 173 and Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth at about 8 a.m. Friday. The bus was going westbound to the Newport Elementary School, and a Jeep Wrangler was heading southbound. A Jeep Cherokee was also hit.

The driver of the Wrangler was killed. He was identified by the Lake County Coroner as 62-year-old Philip Smith of Beach Park.

Initially, Lake County Sheriffs officials said the bus may have run a red light; but, at a news conference Friday afternoon, they said there are conflicting witness reports as to whether the light was red or not. A traffic light was only installed at the intersection in the last year, officials said.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Department is doing urine and blood tests on the female bus driver as part of standard operating procedure.

bus-jeepDuring the afternoon news conference, Gurnee Deputy Fire Chief John Cavanaugh said there was a total of 39 people involved in the incident: 12 were transported to area hospitals by ambulance, 23 were transported by a school bus to a local hospital, two were transported to the hospital by a passersby, one signed a medical release at the scene and one was pronounced dead at the sence.

Twenty-five total patients — 23  children — were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. As of 2 p.m. Friday, only one patient remained at the hospital under observation. All other patients were discharged.

Another 12 kids and several other victims were transported to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan and St. Catherine’s Hospital in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. As of Friday afternoon, all the patients were released from both of

Eighteen ambulances and 27 fire departments from Illinois and Southern Wisconsin responded to accident

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A school bus packed with kids barreled into two vehicles, killing one person and injuring nearly 40.

Lake County Sheriffs say the bus may have run a red light, and are doing urine and blood tests on the female bus driver as part of standard operating procedure.

The crash happened at Route 173 and Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth at about 8 a.m. Friday. The bus was going westbound to the Newport Elementary School, and a Jeep Wrangler was heading southbound. A Jeep Cherokee was also hit.

The driver of the Wrangler was killed. Thirty-five children on the bus, and the two passengers in the Cherokee, were sent to hospitals.

Twenty-five total patients — 23  children — were taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. As of 2 p.m. Friday, only one patient remained at the hospital under observation. All other patients were discharged.

Another 12 kids and several other victims were transported to Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan and St. Catherine’s Hospital in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

The fire department didn’t have to remove any of the children from the bus.

“Some of the kids were upbeat,  jovial as if they just got off a ride at Great America and other kids were asking for their mother or father and wanted to go home. But when engaged in conversation with these kids and asking them questions about hobbies and sports, they changed the page really quick, and very upbeat and smiling and engaging in conversation,” said Brian Keller, chief of operations for the Lake County sheriff’s office.

Hospital social workers and pastors were also on hand to help counsel the children and their families.

 

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Twenty-four children who were in the Newport Township school bus crash were taken by another school bus to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

The deputy fire chief for the Village of Gurnee explains the details of Friday morning’s school bus crash. (WGN-TV)

A roll-over crash involving a school bus on IL-173 and Kilbourne in Newport Township.

A school bus has rolled over and crashed in Newport Township. The bus is reported to have been carrying 25 elementary school students.

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