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Nauvoo-Colusa school bus driver cited after crash, seven injured

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A Nauvoo-Colusa school bus driver was cited by Illinois State Police after the bus he was driving crashed with a car in rural Nauvoo Friday afternoon, resulting in seven people being taken to the hospital.

According to Illinois State Police, Martin Daley, 75, of Nauvoo was driving the school bus north on County Road 900 East around 4pm Friday, and met a car driven by Gretchen Ridgeway, 37, of Nauvoo where the road crosses at County Road 2000 North.

Troopers said Daley did not yield correctly, so Ridgeway's car hit the bus' side rear axle, and the impact caused the school bus to overturn. Daley was cited for failure to yield the right of way at an intersection. 

Nauvoo-Colusa Public Schools Superintendent Kent Young said six elementary and junior high students were on the bus, which was on a daily after school route. Police said only two of the students and Daley were hurt seriously enough to go to the hospital. Ridgeway and the three passengers in her car were also taken to the hospital.

Young said the accident had shaken a lot of people in the district, but he's thankful it wasn't worse.

"I feel extremely lucky," Young said. "This obviously could have been tragic for the district. We don't like to see anyone get hurt...I believe it could have been a lot worse."

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