Driver cited after Mundelein school bus crash

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A driver was cited after a car hit a school bus carrying 29 children Friday morning in north suburban Mundelein.

The bus was headed northbound on Gilmer Road through the intersection with Hawley Street at 8:35 a.m. when it was hit by a car traveling eastbound on Hawley, according to a statement from Fremont School District 79. The bus had the right of way.

The car ran a red light before striking the bus, according to a statement from Hawthorn Woods police. The driver was cited for disobeying a red traffic control signal.

Drugs and alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, police said. None of the 29 students on the bus was injured in the crash.

All of the children onboard were evaluated by paramedics before being transported to Fremont Elementary and Fremont Intermediate schools, the district said. The students were evaluated by a nurse and met with school social workers and psychologists to help them process the accident.

The bus driver was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the district and police.

The bus is equipped with lap and shoulder belts, which the driver encouraged all children to wear Friday morning, according to the district. Parents of the children involved were notified about the accident.

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