• November 01, 2022

Two Killed, Two Injured in Crash with School Bus on Empire Rd in Kane County, IL

Kane County, IL — October 31, 2022, two people died and two were injured when an SUV and school bus collided on Empire Road in Kane County.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 3:45 p.m. on Empire Road near Kings Wood Drive. Preliminary investigation suggests a Lexus SUV was eastbound on Empire when for unknown reasons it rear-ended a Burlington ISD bus that was dropping students off.

Two passengers in the Lexus, ages 20 and 19, died in the crash. A 17-year-old passenger was airlifted to a Chicago hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries; the 18-year-old driver received non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. No one aboard the bus was hurt.

The investigation continues. No citations have been issued.

No further information is currently available.

Two Killed, Two Injured in Kane County, IL Crash with School Bus on Empire Rd

Commentary on Kane County School Bus Accident on Empire Rd

Crashes involving teen drivers, no matter how tragic their results, don't always get the careful investigation they deserve. Why? Because many people regard them mostly as unfortunate byproducts of inexperienced or reckless young people taking risks behind the wheel, prematurely pinning the blame on the drivers without waiting for the facts to come in.

It's true that any driver can make a mistake; it's also true that young drivers make plenty of them. However, that can't and shouldn't be presumed as the cause of this accident. Things like poor road conditions and vehicle defects may not be all that common, but they cause wrecks every day and can't be ignored when putting the puzzle together.

Unfortunately, unusual elements are often overlooked during a typical investigation. Turning a blind eye to other possibilities is a problem if it means someone gets blamed for a wreck that was actually out of their hands. Will police invest appropriate time and care to ensure the truth is learned?

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