Update: Reports are saying no students on the bus were injured. But the occupants of the vehicle did sustain injuries. The bus was rear ended by a vehicle. From the looks of the photo that was sent to us, a vehicle rear ended another vehicle, then it rear ended the bus (Obviously not confirmed) . The cause of the accident is under investigation
Several sources are reporting a bad accident that involves a school bus.
Reports of numerous emergency personnel on scene and the roads are shut down in the area.
Multiple injuries were being reported, unknown on the severity of the injuries.
On Newburg between Belvidere and Cherry Valley. Road closed both ways.
Sources are reporting a possible police chase/accident this morning.
It happened in Boone County this morning. Several sources said approx. 20 squad cars were chasing a vehicle that had flat tires on I-90 and also on Bypass 20.
It is not yet known if the subjects were caught or what they did besides fleeing from police. No other information at this time.
After we posted this, a source sent us the following: There was a low speed chase (20 mph) past our house on Genoa Road in southern Boone county heading north about 0500. Eight police all full lights and sirens following a white car riding on it’s rims going north towards Belvidere. My neighbor said they laid spike strips down at DeWayne Road. Apparently he ended up in the ditch up by Poplar Grove Road.
On Friday, May 10, 2019, at approximately 9:30 pm, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Business 20 west of Van Epps Drive, Belvidere, for a one vehicle accident.
Preliminary investigation shows that the vehicle was traveling westbound on Business 20 when it left the roadway and rolled several times. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver, who was described as a white male, early 40’s, was the only occupant in the vehicle. The driver was transported by Lifeline Ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital where he later died. The identity of the driver is not being released at this time.
Several sources are reporting several emergency personnel are at the Belvidere School and that it is on lock down.
We have gotten several reports of this.
It is not yet known exactly what is going on at the time of writing this.
Just several reports of numerous emergency personnel on scene and the kids are on lock down.
Please avoid the area.
After we posted this, the school put out the following:
Dear BHS Parents & Guardians,
Due to a medication situation at the end of the day, we experienced a slight delay in dismissal today. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Principal, Belvidere High School
Update: We asked the school what a “Medication Situation” was and why it caused the school to be delayed for dismissal. We are awaiting to hear a response.
Many people said it was on lockdown. A fan said their child that goes to the school, told the parent they do not use the term “Soft Lockdown” anymore, but use this new term “Medication Situation” which means they were technically on lockdown, but used a different term
If the school responds to us, we will update this again.
April 21st will mark the anniversary of the devastating Belvidere tornado that hit back in 1967. An EF-4 tornado with wind speeds over 250 MPH hit the Belvidere area and hitting the school.
The tornado killed 24 people and injured over 500 people. It struck when the school was letting out and many children were caught inside the buses at the Belvidere High School at 1500 East Ave, as the tornado hit the school.
Jackie Krause said she witnessed three tornadoes turn into one huge tornado.
Classroom doors were used as stretchers.
The high school gym became a morgue.
13 of the 24 deaths were at the school. 300 of the 500 injured, were also at the school.
The Belvidere Tornado
The tornado first struck at 350 PM two miles southeast of Cherry Valley. The tornado passed the Chrysler plant near I-90 where 300 new cars and 100 employee cars were destroyed.
The tornado continued east northeast through the southeast side of Belvidere. One hundred twenty seven homes were destroyed, and hundreds more were damaged.
The most notable and horrific part of this tornado was the mayhem at the Belvidere High School. Buses had already picked up the elementary school children and were loading the high school students when the tornado struck. Twelve buses were rolled over. Students were flung like leaves into the muddy field.
Thirteen of the 24 fatalities and 300 of the 500 injuries in this tornado occurred at the high school.
According to Tom Grazulis of The Tornado Project, this was the nation’s sixth worst school death toll from a tornado. (Numbers one and two were also in Illinois – from the great Tri-State Tornado of 1925.) The tornado ended in McHenry County, about two miles north of Woodstock
Several sources are reporting a large evacuation in Belvidere.
Reports of a truck driver who hit a gas line near the shopping center on State st in Belvidere.
Emergency personnel have evacuated the area.
The shopping center near State and Fairgrounds.
No reports of injuries that we have heard.
Sandra Ostrega Leato sent us the following video
Varias Fuentes estáninformando de una gran evacuación en belvidere. Informes de un conductor de camión que golpeó una línea de gas cerca del centrocomercial en el estado st en belvidere. El personal de emergencia ha evacuado la zona No hay informes de lesiones que hemosoído. Sandra ostregaleato nos envió el siguiente video
The Belvidere Police Department is investigating a retail theft from the Belvidere Wal Mart. If you recognize anyone in these photos or know anything about the incident, please contact the Belvidere Police Department.