By Grant Bissell
Highland, IL (KSDK) - There's new information on Monday's bus crash that sent several students from Grant Fork Elementary to the hospital. Investigators say the bus rear-ended a semi on Interstate 55, just north of Litchfield, Illinois. It happened as the semi slowed down in a construction zone.
The bus driver, 66-year-old Henry Jaeger, has been ticketed for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Jaeger is an employee of bus company First Student. A First Student spokesperson says Jaeger has been driving for the company since 2009 and had a clean record until Monday. The spokesperson says Jaeger has been suspended pending the outcome of an internal and police investigation.
Jaeger was released from the hospital Monday evening. His daughter says he's shaken up and sore, but he's otherwise ok.
On Tuesday, Highland C.U.S.D #5 Superintendent Doctor Michael Sutton said this was a traumatic experience for everyone involved.
"We've had accidents in the past where we've had to have counselors come into the school," said Sutton. "But, at least in my experience, we've never had a situation where we've had this many kids involved in an accident to this magnitude."
Altogether, eleven people were taken to hospitals. As of Tuesday night, nine of the injured have been released. Two students are still in the hospital with broken legs. One is at Cardinal Glennon in fair condition. The other is at Children's Hospital in good condition.