Bus Driver Cleared Following Fatal Accident

Toxicology report shows accident victim had prescription drugs in his system

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    A school bus crashed shortly after 8 a.m. Friday morning in north suburban Newport on Kilbourne Road and Route 173 on its way to Newport Elementary School.

    The driver of a school bus involved in a fatal accident earlier this month in north suburban Wadsworth has been cleared of any fault and will not face any charges.

    The bus collided with a Jeep at an intersection, killing the driver of the Jeep and sending 25 of the 35 Newport Elementary School students to area hospitals with various injuries.

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    The Lake County State's Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that the victim, 62-year-old Philip Smith, had what is believed to be prescription medications in his system at the time of the crash.

    Authorities at first believed the bus driver may have run a red light, they later said that witnesses gave conflicting accounts of what happened.

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