9 Students Injured in School Bus Crash

Injuries don't appear to be life-threatening, Kane County police said

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    Nine students and a bus driver were transported to area hospitals Friday morning after the bus they were in crashed in Kane County. The bus drove into a drainage ditch and wound up on its side at about 8:30 a.m. near the town of Big Rock on Granart Road near Camp Dean Road, police said. The students, some from Krejci Academy in Naperville, which offers programs for children with special needs, were taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva and Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora. Luckily, all of the children were wearing seat belts and only suffered minor injuries. Jeff Tragnitz said that the bus driver has repeatedly fallen asleep while driving, according to his daughter Aly Essury, who was a passenger on the bus during the crash. (Published Monday, Feb 20, 2012)

    Nine students and a bus driver were transported to area hospitals Friday morning after the bus they were in crashed in Kane County.

    The injuries were minor, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

    “Luckily it seems to be all cuts and bruises. Had they not been wearing seat belts, this probably could have been a lot worse," said Lt. Pat Gengler.

    The bus drove into a ditch and rolled onto its side at about 8:30 a.m. near the town of Big Rock on Granart Road near Camp Dean Road, police said. The bus was on its side when police arrived.

    “It was really shocking. I am glad the little kids are alright," said Aly Essury, a passenger on the bus.

    The students, some from Krejci Academy in Naperville, were taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva and Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora for bumps, bruises and scratches.

    All of the children were wearing seatbelts, police said.

    As authorities try to piece together what happened, Essury's father suggested they take a close look at the bus driver.

    "That guy should be drug tested," said Jeff Tragnitz. "It’s not the first time he’s fallen asleep. That’s what our daughter has been telling us."