Waterloo Man Seriously Injured In Head-On Accident In Mascoutah

Lifelong Waterloo resident George Buchanan was seriously injured in a head-on collision on Tuesday, April 25. Just before 8 a.m., Buchanan, 47, was driving a Weir Auto Parts Center of Red Bud box truck in Mascoutah when it was hit head-on by a school bus. Buchanan’s left arm and left side were seriously injured. The drive of the bus, a 74-year-old man from Mascoutah, along with the 24 children aboard, were not seriously injured.

According to the police report, a Mascoutah school bus was traveling eastbound on Rt. 161 while a box truck was heading west on the two-lane highway. When two students got into a fight over a cell phone, the bus driver turned his head to address the situation. At that point the bus drifted into oncoming traffic. Buchanan saw the bus heading into his lane, so he pulled the truck to the right as far as he possibly could—next to a guardrail—that’s when the driver of the school bus hit the truck head-on.

Mascoutah firefighters assisted paramedics in extricating Buchanan from the truck. He was airlifted by helicopter to Barnes Hospital. “It was a severe injury and he was bleeding excessively. That’s why he was transported by air,” said Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr.

Buchanan underwent surgery later that day on Tuesday. His family thanks everyone for their kind words and prayers at this time.

Buchanan has worked for Weir for several years. He is a 1988 graduate of Waterloo High School.