An in Illinois school bus versus car accident that occurred on a inbound Dan Ryan Expressway today has claimed the life of one person and injured two children, according to the Chicago Tribune. The collision occurred this afternoon when a motor vehicle struck the rear of a stalled school bus.
The bus was broken down in the left lane and left shoulder in the area of 75th Street. No students were on the stalled bus at the time of the bus crash, which occurred around 2:20 PM.
Rescue workers that responded to the scene had to use tools to extricate the occupants of the car, as it had become wedged underneath the bus. Unfortunately, the driver of the vehicle died at the accident site. Two children, ages eight and nine, were rushed by ambulance to Comer Children’s Hospital, reportedly in critical condition.
Police shut down northbound traffic on the expressway to investigate and reconstruct the accident, issued warnings to motorists to use alternative routes, and indicated lanes could be closed from 2 to 4 hours.
The Illinois state police are handling the crash investigation. It has not reported what caused the bus to break down or how far the stalled vehicle was protruding into moving lanes of traffic.
Read the story as reported by the Chicago Sun Times here.