Metro-East News

Postal vehicle strikes bus full of children in East St. Louis

A postal vehicle struck a school bus carrying more than a dozen children home from East St. Louis schools on Tuesday afternoon.

Beth Sheppard with East St. Louis District 189 said the bus accident occurred at 3:54 p.m. Tuesday.

One school bus was involved with 18 elementary students aboard. Most of them from Gordon Bush Elementary.

Sheppard said the school bus was traveling east on 15th Street and the post office vehicle collided with the bus.

Sheppard said there were no serious injuries, but some of the students sustained bruises and were sent to two different hospitals on two different buses to be checked out.

Sheppard said as soon as district officials learned about the accident, “We contacted Bush Elementary immediately to notify parents of the incident.

“If a parent couldn’t be reached, we went to the emergency contacts we have on file so someone in the family was aware,” Sheppard said. “We’re very appreciative to the East St. Louis Police Department and to all of the first responders who came to make sure the children were safe.”

The children were all released to their parents by 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.