FARMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — A crash just before 7:30 a.m. has sent 5 Farmington students and their driver to local hospitals.
According to a press release from Peoria County Sheriff Chris Watkins, deputies arrived to Route 116 and Quarry Road after a call at 7:19 a.m. reported a school bus accident.
Both the Farmington School bus and a box truck were traveling westbound on 116 when the box truck struck the rear of the school bus, which was pushed into a residence. Logan-Trivoli Fire Chief David Tuttle said in a press release that the box truck did not see the bus slowing to turn.
When the bus was hit, said Tuttle, it went through a ravine and hit a house on the corner of Quarry Road and Farmington Road. Both vehicles and the house sustained significant damage.
The bus had 11 children on board, six of whom were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries. The bus driver was also transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, as was the driver of the box truck. Five students refused transport after being treated at the scene and were left in the care of their parents.
Route 116 reopened for both directions of traffic just before 9 a.m.
This is a developing story.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.