The Illinois School Code (ILCS 5/11-406 (b)) identifies a school bus accident as: whenever a school bus is involved in an accident in this State, caused by collision, a sudden stop or otherwise, resulting in any property damage, personal injury or death and whenever an accident occurs within 50 feet of a school bus in this State resulting in personal injury to or the death of any person while awaiting or preparing to board the bus or immediately after exiting the bus, the driver shall as soon as possible but not later than 10 days after the accident, forward a written report to the Department of Transportation.
Your responsibilities for reporting the accident include:
- Completing the Uniform School Bus Accident Form
- Obtaining a copy of the Illinois Traffic Crash Report (SR1050-510M) from Police Department.
- Submitting these completed forms to:
Illinois Department of Transportation
2300 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62764
- Submitting an additional copy to:
Regional Superintendent of Schools
Attention: Katie O’Dell
730 7th Street
Charleston, IL 61920
- Keeping a file at the school district with a copy
When do we contact the Secretary of State Office?
If there is a human fatality as a result of accident; or if there is bodily injury to one or more of the persons requiring transportation to a medical facility AND the school bus driver involved is issued a traffic citation; or one or more vehicles must be towed from the scene of the accident AND the school bus driver involved is issued a traffic citation.
Fax a copy of the uniform school bus accident report, a copy of the latest medical form and refresher training certificate for the bus driver to the Secretary of State at (217) 524-3654.