10 students hospitalized after school bus accident in St. Clair County


by KMOV.com staff


Posted on November 2, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 3 at 7:17 PM

Marissa, IL accident

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MARISSA, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Several elementary school students were transported to the hospital after an accident involving a school bus in downtown Marissa, Illinois on Friday.

Administrator Kevin Cogdill said 23 students were onboard the bus when it was clipped by a pickup truck near the intersection of Main and 7th Street around 3:15 p.m.

Cogdill said most, if not all, of the injuries were superficial bumps and bruises.

Nine students were taken by ambulance to Sparta Community Hospital as a precaution. None of their injuries appeared to be serious, according to officials. Another student was brought to hospital by a parent.

When news of the accident began circulating, several parents headed to the scene. Some picked up their children and refused medical treatment, while others drove their children to the hospital.

Cogdill said the bus was heading from the elementary school to the high school to pick up more students at the time of the accident.

All 10 students have been released from the hospital.