School Bus Accident Sends Several Students to Hospital

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The Warren County Sheriff's Department says an accident involving a school bus sent several students to the hospital on Friday, February 14th, 2014.

It happened just after 7 a.m. on U.S. Route 67, about 2 1/2 miles north of Monmouth, Illinois.

The Warren County Sheriff's Department tells News 8 a woman -- 21-year-old Caitlin Volz -- was driving a Pontiac and traveling north on U.S. Route 67 when she lost control on the snow covered road, crossed the center line, and collided with a United School Bus traveling south. About 25 students were on the bus.

"I was just talking to a friend and then I just felt the sudden brakes and then - boom - I hit the seat on the bus and we crashed into something," says 6th Grader, Hannah Muhleman.

The Illinois State Police said the driver side of the Pontiac collided with the front of the bus. The car then spun clockwise into a ditch on the west side of the roadway. Volz, who was the only passenger inside the car, had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Police say Volz was taken to an area hospital. She was treated and released with minor injuries. She has been cited with "failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident."

Officials say three passengers on the school bus complained of neck and back pain and were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

"Some kind of couldn't move a lot," says Muhleman. "I felt really sorry for them. I hope they're in good shape."

Police say those students have also been released with minor injuries.

Another bus picked up the remaining students and took them to United High School.


    • Julie Gray

      I totally agree; that was a cheapshot to get folks to look. How many parents heartbeats stopped when they read that?? Not the high quality that we are used to from WQAD

      • Katie

        Also, 3 students were injured, not several. Those kids have all been released from the hospital and are fine. This article was done a little on the overdramatic side. Please make sure all facts are correct before reporting.

  • kahy

    this is why country kids shouldn’t have to go to school on a bus in this weather. I don’t think it was anyones fault but the weather and the road. I hope everyone is alright and nothing major has happened to them.

  • stacie

    This is why our broke state needs to plow. Just got 5th call from school, shuttle buses running. Kids who were taken to hospital, fine and released. People need to learn how to drive . Slow and steady wins the race. Glad my child wasn’t on that bus. He was on the one that landed on it’s side last year.

  • cindy

    i was told and maybe i was told wrong but i was told school buses dont have seat belts.does any one know why?and if they do have them i would like to know..i just wondered if we have to buckle up why doesnt our precious cargo on a public school bus have too?

      • cindy

        i dont agree if they have to wear them in our vehicles they also should have to wear them on buses .the possibility of them getting hurt worse than if not seat belted is 50/50 i wouldnt want kids to go flying around a bus if it rolls.

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