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Palatine School Bus Crash Sends Four to Hospital

A school bus vs. pick-up truck accident occurred in Palatine late Tuesday and sent three middle school students and the pick-up driver to the hospital. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

UPDATED: Wednesday, Dec. 19 7:30 a.m. 

A District 15 bus was involved in an accident late Tuesday afternoon, sending three children to the hospital, according to a release from the Palatine Fire Department.

According to a message posted on the school's website, Winston Campus Junior High Activity Bus #WC929 was involved in the accident. 

The accident occurred at the intersection of North Frontage Road and Bayside Drive, according to the fire department, and involved the bus containing 25 children and the bus driver, and a male behind the wheel of a pick-up truck.

According to the school’s website, per district policy, paramedics were called to check out all students, and another bus returned students to their homes. The second bus was scheduled to depart the accident scene and resume its route at 5:15 p.m. 

Firefighter/paramedics transported three children to nearby hospitals with minor injuries. The driver of the pick-up was treated at the scene, and was transported to Northwest Community Hospital to be evaluated further, the release stated.

The bus driver and remaining 22 children were not injured.

District 15 Superintendent Scott Thompson said students were released to parents at the accident site or returned to school where their parents picked them up.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, the release stated.  

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