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9 hurt after car hits bus: Most involved suffer minor injuries

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 10:39 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 12:08 p.m. CDT
(David Giuliani/dgiuliani@saukvalley.com)
Nine people were taken to CGH Medical Center Wednesday morning after this car slid on a patch of black ice and into a small bus on state Route 40 north of Sterling. The injuries were minor, State Police said.

STERLING – Nine people were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after a car slid into a small oncoming bus, State Police said.

The accident took place shortly before 8 a.m., on state Route 40 about 4 miles north of Sterling, near Capp Road.

Debra A. Snyder, 58, of Rock Falls, who was alone in the sedan, suffered the most serious injuries, State Police Master Sgt. Ken Sondgeroth said.

She was taken to CGH Medical Center, where she was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The bus driver, Debbie L. Williamson, 58, and eight passengers also were taken to the CGH with minor injuries, officials said. The bus is for the developmentally disabled; at least one passenger was in a wheelchair, Sondgeroth said.

Snyder was driving north when her car slid on black ice and entered the path of the southbound bus, Sondgeroth said.

The car, which nearly split in half, was totaled. The bus, owned by Achievement Unlimited Inc. of Galesburg, sustained damage on its left front side.

"The icy conditions on a curve contributed to the crash," Sondgeroth said. "We contacted IDOT to have the road treated with salt. This is a common problem this time of year. The road thaws in the daytime and refreezes overnight."

The crash remains under investigation, he said.

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