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10/25/2012 8:31:00 PM
Lawsuit filed in Milton Pope bus crash

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — Four students from Milton Pope School in rural Marseilles are suing a rural Seneca motorist who struck their school bus on Sept. 10, causing injuries to the four and numerous others.
Michael A. Shelton, 44, is the defendant named in a four-count lawsuit filed  in La Salle County Circuit Court by Peru attorney Scott Ganassin.
Ganassin seeks unspecified damages for injuries sustained to Cheyenne Brewster, Bryce Bartolucci, Brooklyn Lawson and Alex Highland, all minors, in the crash at East 25th and North 32rd roads in Miller Township, north of Marseilles.
There, Shelton’s vehicle collided with the bus driven by Diane L. Kelley, 70, of rural Marseilles. Shelton, Kelley and 39 children were taken to area hospitals. Most of the students were treated and released soon after the crash.
“Some of the kids have terrible injuries including fractures of various parts of their bodies, including the collarbone and leg, plus a series of soft-tissue injuries,” Ganassin said.
According to the complaint, Shelton failed to yield to eastbound traffic on North 32nd Road and disregarded a traffic control device. Shelton was ticketed for disobeying a stop sign.
Shelton could not be reached for comment. There was no answer at a number listed to a Michael Shelton in rural Marseilles and an attorney has not yet entered an appearance in the civil case.
The case is assigned to Judge R. James Lannon Jr. Court dates are pending.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

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