The two people who perished in a school bus accident in the west suburbs on Monday afternoon have been named.
According to the Kane County Coroner’s Office, Emil Diewald, 19, and Grace Diewald, 20, both of unincorporated St. Charles, were siblings.
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They were involved in a collision at Campton Hills, and they were declared dead there. According to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, it happened at about 3:45 p.m. on Empire Road between Burlington Road and Route 47 and involved a Lexus and a school bus.
According to Kane County officials, a 2013 Lexus SUV was driving east on Empire Road when it collided with the rear of a school bus carrying 31 children and one driver. Students from Lily Lake Elementary School were on board the bus, which was operated by Central Community Unit School District 301.
According to the police, there were four occupants in the Lexus at the time of the collision. The driver, an 18-year-old Elgin man, was transported with non-life-threatening wounds to Delnor Hospital.
Her brother was in the back seat, while Grace Diewald was sitting in the front passenger seat. According to authorities, a 17-year-old South Elgin woman in the rear seat had life-threatening injuries and was transferred to Delnor Hospital before being flown to Lurie Children’s Hospital.
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Regarding the conditions of the other two injured people, officials Tuesday did not immediately release any new details.
Both the bus driver and any pupils on board the school bus were unharmed. According to county officials, all of the students were reunited with their families and released right away.