The Will County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a school bus accident today at 10:57am to Gougar Road, just north of Shady Lane, Lockport Township. Homer Township Fire personnel was on the scene along with the principal, three teachers, and 23 students from Oak Prairie Junior High which is located just down the road on Gougar. The driver of the First Student Bus stated that he had just left the school after picking up the 7th and 8th grade students and was traveling southbound when he momentarily took his eyes off the road. He then swerved into a guard rail and went off the roadway about 30 feet into a wooded area. The driver and students were standing outside the bus when deputies arrived.
Four students complained of minor shoulder pain; one was transported to Silver Cross Hospital and the other three were released by emergency personnel to the principal. Once it was determined that there were no other injuries First Student Bus Company sent another bus and the students were then transported home. Oak Prairie Jr. High students were being transported home from an early release day at the school.
No citations were issued.