Icy road conditions caused a car to strike a Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 bus on Wednesday morning at Lake Avenue and Cobblestone Way in Woodstock.
No injuries were reported from the crash, which happened at 8:07 a.m.
Woodstock Police Deputy Chief Ray Lanz said a Mazda 3 sedan heading south on Lake Avenue toward Cobblestone was making a right-hand turn on roads that were icy and slick because of the freezing rain. When the driver of the sedan turned the wheel, because of the icy conditions of the road, the car couldn’t stop and kept traveling straight. This happened at the same time the school bus was entering that intersection, so the car slid into the bus.
District 200 spokesman Kevin Lyons said the bus was going to Woodstock High School. It was carrying 45 students and one driver, Woodstock Fire/Rescue District Capt. Scott Nieman said.
The bus had minor damage to the front bumper and the arm guard, while the sedan had to be towed after it went under the bumper of the bus, causing significant damage to the car, Lanz said.
District 200 brought additional transportation to bring students to the high school. Another bus was at the scene within 15 minutes of the crash, Lyons said. Students were then evaluated by paramedics and District 200 to make sure they were not injured.
Parents of students in the bus at the time were notified of the crash by phone, Lyons said.
The sedan was driven by a 24-year-old Algonquin man, who wasn’t ticketed, given the nature of this incident, Lanz said.