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Wadsworth school bus crash results in minor injuries to children, one adult dead

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 10:28 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, April 6, 2013 10:00 a.m. CDT
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(Yadira Sanchez Olson)
A school bus for Beach Park School District 3, and two vehicles were involved in a crash near Wadsworth this morning.

Of the 23 students sent to Advocate Condell Medical Center after a school bus crash today, 15 of them have been released, said Sarah Toomey, Condell spokeswoman at 12:20 p.m.

"Thankfully they were in good condition," she said. Students had bumps, bruises, cuts, abrasians and scrapes, she said. "We dont expect to admit anyone, no surgery, nothing like that." A school social worker is there, she said.

The students were sent to the hospital after a Beach Park School District 3 bus and two vehicles were involved in an accident near Wadsworth this morning, said Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran.

Authorities have identified the person who died in a crash involving a school bus as a 62-year-old Beach Park man.

Lake County Chief Deputy Coroner Orlando Portillo says Philip Smith was pronounced dead around 9:15 a.m.

As of 11:30 a.m., authorities remained on the scene investigating the crash where a bus is turned over on its side at  Route 173 and Kilbourne Road in Newport Township. The intersection will remain closed until at 6 least this evening, a sheriff's spokesman said, adding, "This is a big investigation."

Curran said witnesses have said the school bus ran a red light and T-boned the Jeep Wrangler, one of the two other vehicles in the crash. The Wrangler appeared completely crushed at the scene.

Curran said the female bus driver is "coherent, but upset." She also received treatment at Advocate Condell.

A spokeswoman from Newport Elementary School said, "We're doing OK. Say some prayers for us."

The district texted all parents telling them about the accident and letting them know they could come to the school to see if their children were OK.

Marcia Jackson Cunninghamn of Zion, said she came to see if her grandson, age 9,  was OK. He was not on the bus in the accident, but she worried that he might be upset. He seemed fine, she said, but she's worried he'll be upset later on.

"Everyone is upset, but they're all OK in there," said Cunningham.

She said the small school is like a familiy.

At 11 a.m., students were outside playing during recess.

At least eight ambulances including one from Grayslake and another from North Chicago were called to the scene of the accident.

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