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Driver, girl, uninjured when school bus flips over in Monee

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Updated: February 27, 2013 1:50PM



MONEE – A slick patch of road apparently caused a school bus driver to lose control Wednesday morning, resulting in the bus swiping a tree and flipping onto its side into a ditch. Neither the bus driver nor the only other person on the bus, a 12-year-old girl, were injured, officials said.

The accident happened about 7:15 a.m. at Harlem Avenue about one-quarter mile north of Dralle Road, according to Monee Fire Protection District Lt. Kathy Meier,

When Will County Sheriff’s Police deputies got to the scene, the driver of the Illinois Central school bus told them that the rear wheels of the bus went off the right side of the road and in an attempt to counter that, he lost control and the bus went into a ditch, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said. The bus went onto its side and swiped a tree before coming to rest, she said.

The driver, 43, and the 12-year-old student from Crete-Monee School District 201-U were treated at the scene, Hoffmeyer said. Neither had to be hospitalized. The girl’s mother and the assistant dean of the school also went to the scene.

The bus driver was not issued any citations, Hoffmeyer said. Meier said roads in the area were slick following Tuesday’s snowfall. The bus was later towed away.



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