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Distracted School Bus Driver Caused Crash: Police

No passengers on the school bus were hurt, police said.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Kendall County Sheriff's Police said a distracted school bus driver rear-ended another vehicle Wednesday at Wolf and Douglas roads in Oswego.

According to police, the loaded school bus hit a car, causing minor injuries to the driver of the car. The injured driver, a 20-year-old Oswego woman, refused treatment at the scene of the crash, which happened around 3:16 p.m., police said.

The bus driver, 26-year-old Joshua Szumny of Westmont, was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, police said.

No one on the school bus was injured, according to police.
Roy Rumaner March 07, 2014 at 12:06 PM
So Jane Doe, were you the driver or are you just assuming you know anything about what happened because you were told about it by someone who was told about it by someone who was told by someone who was told by, well you get the idea... As far as a driver hitting the rear of a vehicle, the fault lies with the following driver not the driver of the vehicle who was hit.
Michael Z. March 07, 2014 at 04:17 PM
two things when it comes to school buses the no turn on red is not a law and it depends on the district. And some rail road tracks are exempt and school buses do not need to stop
Weston March 08, 2014 at 08:49 AM
There are no facts stating the 20 year old turned in front of the bus or was driving poorly. There are no fact stating the bus driver, or all bus drivers drive poorly. The article states the driver was distracted and rear ended a car. It appears to me the driver was distracted and accidentally rear ended a car. Nothing to debate, it was an accident. They happen. Usually by accident. Oh, and when one rear ends somebody, it's their fault for not leaving enough space between cars to stop, regardless of what the person in front of them is doing.
Roy Rumaner March 08, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Michael, state law requires all school buses to stop at railroad crossings, whether or not there are pupils on board. Where are these exempt crossings? They must be way out in the cornfields because there are none in Aurora, Naperville, Plainfield, Oswego or any other city that has a train rolling through them around here so your comment is useless. I agree that No Turn on Red is not a law but why is there a sign on every bus that states "This bus does not turn on red" if the drivers do not have to obey it? Seems counter-intuitive to me.
Michael Z. March 08, 2014 at 03:17 PM
It was a answer to someone's statement about seeing buses not stopping at railroads or seeing buses turn right on red. Wasn't really for this case, but there are buses out there that can turn right on red and exempt crossing are out there.

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