School Bus Crash Delays Rush-Hour Traffic

No one hurt after bus rear-ends SUV near downtown Plainfield.

A school bus versus SUV collision created delays for motorists Friday afternoon in Plainfield.

Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said the school bus, which was unoccupied except for the driver, rear-ended an SUV on Van Dyke Road at Lockport Street around 4:15 p.m. Friday.

The bus driver and the two occupants of the SUV refused treatment at the scene of the crash, but the accident created headaches for motorists, according to Stratton.

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“Traffic was backed up all the way to [Route] 59,” following the crash, he said.

This is the second school bus crash this school year in Plainfield. The first crash, on Aug. 20, involved a bus belonging to Septran, District 202’s special education transportation provider. As in Friday’s crash, no students were aboard the bus at the time of the accident.

The bus involved in Friday's accident belongs to First Student, District 202's regular education transportation provider.


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Melissa September 29, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Well if First Student would check the history of the drivers they hire, things like this would not happen. Can't tell you how many times I've called for wreckless driving with this company.
Roy Rumaner September 29, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Wreckless (not a real word) driving - driving without causing a wreck. Isn't that a good thing? Now, reckless driving is a bad thing. :)
Brandon September 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I am glad no one was hurt. I agree with you, I have seen several bad school bus drivers, but I have also seen MANY more good drivers. This is another case of a driver not paying attention. Both companies DO extensive background checks on drivers, but they can have a perfect record and still have an accident. They are human too, and they are just as prone to the same mistakes as any of us. If you see bad driving, by all means, call it in. The companies do take those calls seriously. With GPS required on all Dist. 202 buses, they can watch their drivers much more closely. Keep in mind there are also many other drivers that blow through a buses' Stop signs putting kids in danger, and cut off buses in traffic because no one wants to be behind a School Bus. We all need to remember that on that bus is someone's child, and their life is more important than us getting to our destination 2 min. faster.
Erica September 30, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I've had children riding the bus for the last 12 years and have only encountered 1 "bad" bus driver. It is usually other drivers trying to get in front of the bus that cause the accidents. However, this is at least the 3rd rear end accident that has occured at this intersection in the past 3 months. Earlier this summer my daughter was hit from behind when traffic came to a sudden stop when a car pulled out unexpectedly from the strip mall . On Friday there was a chain reaction accident at that same location due to the SAME problem. Maybe we need a refresher course in right-of-way driving, i.e. if you have a stop sign and your in a parking lot you DON'T have the right to pull out in front of traffic!


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