Sterling school bus slides off road, no injuries reported

Published: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 6:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 7:29 p.m. CDT

STERLING – A Sterling Public Schools bus slid off the road Friday, while rain created hazardous driving conditions.

The accident occurred north of Sterling near Fulfs Road and was at no fault of the driver, Superintendent Tad Everett said, but was due to the weather conditions.

No injuries were reported.

A second bus was able to pick up the students from the scene and get them home safely, Everett said, adding that parents were notified, which is the district’s protocol.

The bus was operated by First Student Inc., the company the district contracts for transportation, Everett said.

About 5:15 p.m., a tow truck was on its way to the scene, according to the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department.

Around 6 p.m., the Illinois State Police urged drivers to stay off the roads unless it was necessary, due to the icy conditions resulting from the rain.

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