Belvidere school bus crash update - – Rockford’s News Leader

Belvidere school bus crash update

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The Boone County Sheriff's Office says an accident between a school bus and a car Wednesday is still under investigation, but the driver of the car has been cited for several violations. 

The Sheriff's Office says the driver, 23-year-old Marisol Talavera, was cited for not having a valid driver's license, not having insurance, and for failure to yield at a stop sign. She is still being treated at St. Anthony’s Hospital.

A total of 12 people were taken to area hospitals: 10 children, the bus driver and Talavera. Boone County District #2 Fire and twelve ambulances from Boone, McHenry, Dekalb, Winnebago and Rock (Wisconsin) counties responded to the scene.

Officials say Talavera pulled her into the intersection of Beliot and Orth roads in Belvidere and collided with the bus around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

The school bus did not have seat belts installed, although that is not a requirement of Illinois law. The school district says most of the students were back at school Thursday. 

The bus driver is now out of the hospital and is expected to be fine. 

The company that operates the buses, First Start Transportation Service, says the bus driver is shaken up and will take a few days off. 

Deputies say the bus was carrying 32 students from the Belvidere School District at the time of the crash. 

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