13 people transported to hospitals after bus vs. auto accident

Katie Smith and Jason Howell

Thirteen people with injuries were transported to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System after an accident between a Dial-A-Ride bus and minivan, which occurred at about 3 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Route 16 and County Road 1200E, according to Charleston Fire Chief Pat Goodwin.

No names of passengers or additional information regarding their conditions have been released.

One patient was reported to have sustained trauma injuries and was transported to the Carle Foundation in Champaign.

Justin Peterson of the Charleston Police Department said emergency vehicles responded within two minutes of being dispatched. Multiple area agencies responded to the accident.

Eleven passengers from the bus and two passengers from the minivan were transported to the hospitals.

The minivan sustained significant front-end damage while the bus had significant passenger-side damage.