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UPDATED: Two students injured in bus crash in Evanston Oct. 2

Modified: Thursday, Oct 4th, 2012

Two students were transported to Evanston Regional Hospital Oct. 2 after the bus they were riding on was struck by a pickup truck on Yellow Creek Road. HERALD PHOTOS/Matt Roberts

EVANSTON — Two injured students who were passengers on an Evanston school bus were transported to Evanston Regional Hospital Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 2, after the vehicle was rear-ended by a pickup truck at the intersection of Yellow Creek Road and Barrett Avenue.

According to a release from the Evanston Police Department, the bus had stopped at the intersection to allow a child waiting at the crosswalk to cross Yellow Creek Road. The juvenile driver of the pickup truck, who had been following the bus, took his eyes off the road momentarily; when he looked back, he swerved but was unable to avoid the collision.

Shortly after the accident, several uninjured students exited the damaged bus and boarded a second bus to finish their trip home. One student was picked up at the scene by a parent.

Following the exchange of students, the two injured students were moved from an emergency exit on the side of the bus to waiting ambulances. Evanston Police Chief Jon Kirby told the Herald at the scene that the driver of the truck was also being transported to the hospital for evaluation.

The release said the students sustained non-life threatening injuries, and the driver was cited for following too closely.

“With school being in session, and the anticipation of bad weather,” Lt. Bill Jeffers was quoted in the release, “drivers need to be extra cautious.”

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