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Truck strikes school bus near Royalton


The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver of the pickup truck as Eric Rich, 47, of West Frankfort. 

Authorities say Rich was treated and released from a local hospital. He was then arrested on two outstanding warrants. Rich was also charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving while license suspended, and having no insurance. 

The sheriff’s office and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate. 


FRANKLIN COUNTY (WSIL) — Emergency crews have now cleared the scene of an accident involving a school bus and pickup truck. 

The accident happened around 7:20 Thursday morning near the intersection on Route 149 and Oak Road west of Royalton. Franklin County Sheriff David Bartoni says the bus was stopped to pick up students when it was hit from behind by the pickup.

First responders tell News 3 that one student suffered minor injuries. 

A second bus was sent to pick students up and take them on to school. 

The sheriff’s office says charges are pending against the driver of the pickup truck. 

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