MARSEILLES, Illinois – A collision between a pickup truck and school bus Monday has sent 41 people to area hospitals.
The bus, driven by Diane L. Kelley, 70, of Marseilles, was about to drop off roughly 60 kindergarten through eighth-grade students at Milton Pope School in Marseilles when the accident occurred.
Just after 8 a.m. Monday, a Dodge Dakota pickup truck was heading south on E. 25th Road when it entered the intersection at N. 32nd Road, colliding with the school bus which was going east.
The La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and the La Salle County State’s Attorney’s Office are still investigating the incident and believe the bus rolled 1 1/4 times before coming to a stop on its side.
The driver of the pickup, Michael A. Shelton, 44, of Seneca, was transported to Morris Hospital with injuries and was cited for failing to stop a stop sign.
Thirty-nine students that were on the bus were taken area hospitals for treatment and Kelley was transported to St. Mary’s.
Authorities do not expect any of the injuries to be life-threatening. Twenty-two of the students had already been released from hospital care.
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