Four United students treated, released after school bus crash
MONMOUTH — Four students were treated and released by late Friday morning from OSF Holy Family Medical Center, where they were taken by ambulance after a crash involving a United District 304 school bus.
The students complained of neck and back pain after the crash that occurred at about 7 a.m., two and a half miles north of Monmouth on U.S. 67 when police said a northbound 2000 Pontiac Bonneville lost control on the snow-covered roadway and slid into the path of the southbound United school bus.
The bus struck the car, which then slid off the roadway, while the bus remained upright.
Three students were transported to the hospital from the crash site and another student was taken from the high school to the hospital by ambulance after complaining of pain later in the morning.
Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards said there did not appear to be any serious injuries among the students.
"Without having further investigated the matter, it would appear that weather conditions played a part," Edwards said.
Caitlin M. Volz, the driver and sole passenger of the northbound Pontiac, had to be extricated from the vehicle by Monmouth firefighters and was then taken to OSF Holy Family, where she was treated and released by 11 a.m. Friday.
Volz was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
Another school bus arrived on the scene and transported the rest of the students to United High School.
From there, the students are usually taken to different schools in the district, but because of heavy snow, Superintendent Jeff Whittsit mandated all students and buses stay at the high school.
The district was scheduled to have 11:30 a.m. dismissal Friday.
Other first responders included Galesburg Hospitals' Ambulance Service, the Alexis Fire Protection District and Alexis North Henderson Ambulance Service.
The crash is being further investigated by Illinois State Police District 14 in Macomb.