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Car, school bus collide

Woman taken to hospital; no students hurt

STERLING – A car collided with a school bus Wednesday near Walmart on East Lincolnway.

None of the school bus passengers appeared hurt, but a woman in the car was taken to CGH Medical Center, authorities said.

The bus was taking 27 Amboy High School students from the Whiteside Area Career Center in Sterling back to Amboy, Sterling fire Capt. Wendell Hollis said.

“The car had moderate damage. The airbags didn’t deploy,” Hollis said.

The Amboy school district planned to bring another bus to pick up the students because the first one sustained damage in the front, with antifreeze leaking, Hollis said.

The district’s superintendent and high school principal were coming to the site of the accident to sign release forms for the students, which is required by law, Hollis said. The only other way to legally transfer the students was to get the parents’ permission, but that would be more difficult, he said.

The students didn’t seem too bothered by the accident. They were kept in the bus. Many looked out the windows, smiling and speaking with firefighters and others.

Reece Howell, a senior, said he was talking with friends when the crash happened.

“The tires squealed, and stuff went flying,” he said.

Mariah Davis, a junior, said she grabbed onto her friend Ebony Velez, also a junior, to make sure she was safe.

“We bashed our heads against the seats,” she said.

State police responded to the accident, but no details, including the woman’s name, were available late Wednesday afternoon.

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