Two sustain serious injuries in school bus crash

    School bus crash near Pleasant Plains (Daniel Hecht)


    ISP said a Mazda was traveling westbound on Route 125 at Parkes Kinner Road, when it crossed the center line for an unknown reason into the eastbound lane where it struck the school bus head-on.

    After the impact, the Mazda and the bus veered into the westbound lane where it struck a Chevrolet Cruze.

    The bus then continued through the westbound lane before striking and going through a guardrail on the north side of the road.

    The Mazda spun after contact with the bus and a Ford box truck.

    A Chevrolet Equinox attempted but was unable to avoid striking the rear of the box truck, according to police.

    The school bus was transporting 30 students from Pleasant Plains High School.

    All students were later transferred to another bus and transported to Farmingdale Elementary School.

    The driver of the Mazda, Joanne M. Scattoloni, 75, of Springfield, and Sarah Rice, 25, of Virginia, Ill., were transported to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield with serious injuries.

    A 16-year-old female student was also transported to MMC but sustained minor injuries.


    Illinois State Police and emergency responders were on the scene of a crash near Pleasant Plains Friday afternoon.

    The crash involved multiple vehicles, including a school bus, on Rt. 125 near Parkes Kinner Road.

    Pleasant Plains Schools Superintendent Matt Runge issued a statement on Facebook around 4:30 p.m. Friday.

    The statement reads as follows:

    "There was an accident on Hwy. 125 today around 3 p.m. involving one of our school buses. A vehicle heading west crossed the center line and hit the bus. The bus driver and all of the students on the bus reported no injuries. The parents were notified and instructed to pick up their children at the Middle School."

    As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, the roadway is expected to be closed for up to two hours, according to Illinois State Police.

    One witness spoke to us after she realized a school bus was involved.

    "I was just so scared because all I could think about was the kids. I see those busses every day. My daughter used to wait down at the end of the road for her bus and I know it was the time for the kids to be out of school, so that was my first concern was the children, but once I saw them coming off of the bus, I was like...yeah," Eurdycie Ellison-Marmole Jo said.

    There's still no word on the other driver's condition.

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