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Coal Truck Hits School Bus Injuring Twelve Students

The Washington Times-Herald recently reported on a truck accident involving two of the largest vehicles on the road-a semi truck and a school bus. On Tuesday afternoon shortly before 4 p.m. a Washington Community school bus was traveling south along a rural road carrying many elementary students. The bus was attempting to stop and let children out after a day at school. While preparing to stop the bus turned on its caution lights.

At the same time a semi truck carrying coal was traveling in the opposite direction, northbound on the road. When the driver of the semi saw the bus’s caution light, he attempted to stop-vehicles traveling in both directions are required to stop when a bus’s caution lights are on.

However, the truck locked up and the driver lost control while attempting to slow down. As a result the truck sideswiped the bus. After that the truck jackknifed and ended up stopped blocking all lanes of traffic. A Department of Agriculture van was behind the bus when the accident occurred. The driver of the van had to swerve to miss the semi, ending up in a ditch.

When the collision occurred there were 15 to 20 students on the bus. Several students were brought to the hospital with minor injuries-however only one was kept overnight for observation. Many parents learned of the accident within minutes and rushed to the scene. Obviously there were many concerned family and friends.

Any school bus accident is a heart-wrenching experience for all involved. Our Chicago truck accident lawyers at Levin & Perconti understand the unique emotions involved in these life-threatening situations. If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident, be sure to contact a truck accident attorney to protect your legal rights.

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