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Two school buses collide in Des Plaines, minor injuries reported

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  • There were minor injuries following an accident Friday morning involving two school buses that were transporting children from a Des Plaines Park District program.

       There were minor injuries following an accident Friday morning involving two school buses that were transporting children from a Des Plaines Park District program.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Children wait outside one of two school buses involved in an accident near the intersection of Lee Street and Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines Friday morning. The buses were transporting children from a Des Plaines Park District program. There were minor injuries.

       Children wait outside one of two school buses involved in an accident near the intersection of Lee Street and Touhy Avenue in Des Plaines Friday morning. The buses were transporting children from a Des Plaines Park District program. There were minor injuries.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • An accident involving two school buses transporting children from a Des Plaines Park District program occurred near the intersection of Lee Street and Touhy Avenue Friday morning. There were minor injuries.

       An accident involving two school buses transporting children from a Des Plaines Park District program occurred near the intersection of Lee Street and Touhy Avenue Friday morning. There were minor injuries.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Firefighter paramedics assist children following an Friday morning accident involving two school buses that were carrying participants of a Des Plaines Park District program.

       Firefighter paramedics assist children following an Friday morning accident involving two school buses that were carrying participants of a Des Plaines Park District program.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald staff report

Two school buses carrying children from a Des Plaines Park District day camp bumped into each other Friday morning, causing minor injuries and damages, according to park district officials.

Des Plaines Park District Executive Director John Hecker said the accident occurred around 10 a.m. near the intersection of Touhy Avenue and Lee Street.

He said the buses -- which were carrying a total of 73 children and 12 adults, including the drivers -- were traveling 15 to 20 miles per hour when one bumped into the other.

It appears a vehicle may have cut in front of the lead bus, causing it to brake, Hecker said, but the park district is waiting for a police report with more details.

Hecker said seven children were transported to multiple hospitals with injuries that paramedics characterized as minor. Those injuries included a nose bleed, a bump on the knee and chest pain.

The hospitals the children were transported to included the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and Resurrection Hospital in Chicago.

Gene Haring, marketing and communications manager for the Des Plaines Park District, said the day camp, called Camp Chickagami, is a five day a week camp for children ages 6 to 14. He said the campers were en route to Glencoe Beach for a field trip when the accident occurred.

Haring said the park district rented the buses and they were being driven by park district personnel

All the children's parents have been notified of the accident, Hecker said, and the children who weren't transported to a hospital are continuing camp programing.

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