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Harvard woman arrested after crash with school bus in Woodstock

Jennifer A. O'Grady
Jennifer A. O'Grady

WOODSTOCK - A Harvard woman was arrested Monday after her vehicle swerved off the road and hit a loaded school bus in unincorporated Woodstock.

Jennifer A. O'Grady, 39, was traveling westbound on Charles Road around 3:45 p.m. when her Jeep Grand Cherokee veered left for unknown reasons and struck a school bus that was traveling eastbound, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

O'Grady's vehicle hit the bus between the front and rear tires on the driver's side. After striking the rear axle of the bus, O'Grady's vehicle spun and overturned into a field on the southwest corner of Charles and Raffel Road, the release said.

All of the 22 students and the bus driver were uninjured. O'Grady was also uninjured, but two juvenile passengers were transported to Centegra Hospital in Woodstock with minor injuries.

O'Grady was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper traffic lane usage, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The two juveniles from the Jeep were released to family members at the hospital.

O'Grady was transported to the McHenry County Jail without incident and held on a $1,500 bond.

She is scheduled to be in court on April 28.

- Jim Dallke

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