Photo courtesy City of Evanston/Eric Palmer

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At about 11:06 a.m. today, May 17, two school buses traveling north on Chicago Ave. collided injuring several students and one adult. The school buses had approximately 50 students on board from Rowe Elementary School in Chicago along with teachers and drivers. 

The students were on a field trip when the accident happened. Preliminary reports indicate that the first school bus had just taken off from a stop at the intersection of Chicago Ave. and Davis St. when it had to stop again for traffic. The second school bus following behind did not realize the first bus had slowed, the driver was distracted and subsequently rear ended the first bus.  

The Evanston Fire and Life Safety Services responded and a mutual aid ambulance request was sent out to neighboring fire departments for assistance at the scene and to transport accident victims to nearby hospitals. Wilmette, Glencoe, Niles, Lincolnwood, and Glenview Fire Departments responded transporting 20 children and one adult to Evanston NorthShore, St. Francis and Skokie Hospitals. Seven accident victims were transported to each of the three area hospitals. 

None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening at the time of transport. The other children were boarded on two others buses to continue their trip. The Evanston Police Department will continue its investigation of the accident.


Submitted by St. Francis Hospital

 Six middle school students who were treated Tuesday afternoon at Saint Francis Hospital were treated to a cookout on the lawn outside the hospital after they were released.

With permission from their teachers, the middle school students were served hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, water, cookies, cake and brownies at the EMS Week cookout on the lawn outside the emergency department. The cookout was the second of a three-day event, which celebrates the everyday heroes in the area’s EMS system. EMS and other first-responder personnel from throughout the area were invited to the event. Ambulances from Evanston and four other municipalities including Glencoe, Winnetka, Glenview and Northfield Township transported patients to Saint Francis Hospital after the bus accident.

The students had been on a school field trip, according to information released by the Evanston Police Department.

Saint Francis Hospital treated 10 patients in all, with two patients remaining in the hospital as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to Adam Greenberg, R.N., EMS system coordinator.

Saint Francis Hospital, the longest continually-certified Level I Trauma Center on the North Shore, is a resource hospital in Region X of the Illinois EMS System, providing medical oversight and continuing education for five hospitals, 12 municipal fire departments, 3 private ambulance companies and 2 non-transport providers which includes more than 800 paramedics.

EMS Week is being celebrated nationwide from May 15 through May 21, 2011.

Wednesday, May 18 is set aside as Emergency Medical Services for Children Day, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

“During EMS Week, we celebrate and thank the everyday heroes who respond to emergencies every day and every night. But, ultimately, it’s all about our patients,” Greenberg said. “We were glad to share our celebration with them as well, and make their day a little more special. It sure was a different kind of field trip than what they had planned.”

Students Treated at NorthShore

NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital reported that it received six patients total, four treated and released and two others in good condition expected to be released. 

NorthShore University HealthSystem Skokie Hospital received  seven patients. All have been treated and have been or will be released.