Richard Ray

48 Taken to Hospital after ‘Gas Smell' at Bourbonnais School

Fourty-eight students and staff were taken to an area hospital after an elementary school in far south suburban Bourbonnais was evacuated Thursday due to "a gas smell," the school's website says.

Noel LeVasseur Elementary School was evacuated about 2 p.m. as the fire department investigated the school.

The school's superintendent said the staff and students were transported to Riverside and St. Mary's hospitals in Kankakee after having "minor headaches."

About 3:10 p.m., Bourbonnais fire officials said, more "victims" were reported at the Liberty Intermediate School at 1690 N. Career Center Road.

"Regular dismissal time is still in effect, but will be done at Liberty school," the school's website reads. "Bus riders will still ride their buses as normal, but car riders will need to be picked up at Liberty school. Thank you!"

Some parents refused treatment for their children but later transported them to hospitals for evaluation, fire officials said.

No other details were immediately available.

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