Sheriff: School bus driver in deadly crash may have run red light – Chicago Tribune

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

One person was killed in an accident involving a school bus and two SUVs near Wadsworth, but officials said there were only minor injuries among the two dozen elementary students on board.

The accident happened around 8:15 a.m. at Route 173 and Kilbourne Road in Newport Township near Wadsworth, officials said. The bus was knocked on its side and two heavily damaged Jeeps were nearby.

At least one person, an adult from one of the Jeeps, died in the accident, officials said. At least 13 children on the bus were sent to hospitals with minor injuries, according to Lake County sheriff’s officials.

Sarah Toomey, spokeswoman for Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, said 25 patients were transported to the hospital from the bus crash this morning.

Toomey said 23 patients are currently reported in good to fair condition and two patients are in fair to serious condition. She could not say if the patients were children or adults.

“Things are still developing here,” Toomey said Friday morning. “These numbers could change.”

A social worker from Newport Elementary School in Wadsworth is currently at the Libertyville-based hospital to assist families of injured students, Toomey said. The hospital also has its own social worker on site helping out, she said.

The bus was carrying students to Newport Elementary School near Wadsworth in Lake County. The school holds grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

The district posted a notice on its website this morning saying “Newport Elementary School Bus 23” had been involved in an accident and telling parents they could call (847) 599-5330.

At least a dozen ambulances were called to the accident, along with a medical helicopter.

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