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School bus driver, 77, gets several citations for NW burbs crash

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PARK RIDGE, Ill. (FOX 32 News) -

A school bus driver was issued several traffic citations due to a Tuesday crash in Park Ridge and Niles involving the bus and several cars, which occurred after the 77-year-old suffered a medical emergency.

There were no students on the bus at the time of the crash, police said.

The series of crashes happened about 2:30 p.m. on Oakton Street, beginning at Oriole Avenue and coming to an end at Greenwood Street, Park Ridge police said.

The crashes took place on the border between the Park Ridge and Niles. Because of the location of the crashes, the Park Ridge Police Department assumed command of the scene and of the investigation.

The chain of accidents began near Oriole Avenue when the school bus, heading westbound on Oakton Street, crossed the center line and struck a car coming eastbound, a release from Park Ridge police said. The bus continued westbound in the eastbound lanes and struck a car near Ozark Avenue and did not stop. The bus continued westbound in the eastbound lanes, went through a red light at Prospect Avenue and struck a third vehicle which was waiting at the light. This caused that vehicle to be pushed into a home, resulting in minor damage to the structure, police said.

The bus continued westbound and struck a fourth vehicle which was traveling east on Oakton Street. After striking that vehicle, the bus continued westbound in the east lanes and stuck a vehicle near Fairview. The bus continued and collided head-on with a vehicle near 821 W. Oakton. The force of the collision caused that vehicle to careen backwards into a vehicle driving behind it. The bus was finally brought to rest as it approached Greenwood Avenue and was struck, head-on, by a taxi cab which was in the process of making a turn onto eastbound Oakton.

Officers from the Park Ridge and Niles police departments coordinated the management of the scene while members of the Park Ridge, Niles, Rosemont, Skokie, Morton Grove and North Maine Fire Departments evaluated the injuries of the motorists involved and transported those in need of medical attention to area hospitals. Several volunteer community members from the City of Park Ridge assisted, as well.

These crashes caused Oakton Street to be closed between Milwaukee Avenue and Greenwood Street from approximately 2:29 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Police determined that the bus driver, Elaine C. Delaney, 77 of Wheeling, suffered from a medical condition resulting in the loss of her ability to control the vehicle. She has been issued several citations, including driving in the wrong lane, disobeying a traffic control

signal and driving too fast for conditions, the release said.

Two motorists were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, two motorists were taken to Resurrection Hospital and one was taken to Skokie Hospital, police said. Injuries were reported to be non-life threatening and include a broken arm and a cracked sternum.

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