Bus collides with vehicle in Mahomet

Bus collides with vehicle in Mahomet

MAHOMET - Nobody was hurt after a Mahomet-Seymour school bus collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Main and Lombard Street on Monday afternoon.

The accident occurred around 3:45 p.m. About 60 junior high and high school students were on board the bus, headed home at the end of the school day.

Mahomet Police Chief Mike Metzler said that a motorist driving south on Lombard (Illinois 47) struck the bus, which was eastbound on Main Street, at the intersection.

He said that the accident is still under investigation and that no tickets have been issued.

Cornbelt Fire Protection District EMTs did medical evaluations on the scene and determined that there were no injuries.

District officials were notified immediately after the accident thanks to the radios that provide communication between buses and school offices.

"Within four minutes, our administrative team was rolling," Superintendent Rick Johnston said, noting that the district's emergency plans were put into action. "Because of that system, everyone was on the same page faster."

Johnston praised Cornbelt and Mahomet Police for their quick response, as well as the bus driver, who he said "did a very good job" notifying authorities and keeping the students calm.

Following the accident, the students were transferred to a different bus to continue their trip home.

An emergency call went out to all parents in the district at 4 p.m. to inform them of the situation, and an email followed at 4:30 p.m.

"We're really thankful that nobody was injured," Johnston said.

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