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Harvard man cited after head-on car, bus crash in Woodstock

7 people hospitalized following crash, police say

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Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com The Woodstock Fire Rescue District transported five people to area hospitals Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 with non-life-threatening injuries following a bus vs. car crash in Woodstock.Woodstock Fire Capt. Karen Bush said the district responded about 3:30 p.m. to the area of 840 N. Seminary Ave., for a report of a crash involving a Pace bus. In addition to the five people who were taken to area hospitals, paramedics evaluated five more people on scene but did not take them to the hospital.[]

WOODSTOCK – A 70-year-old Harvard man was cited for improper lane usage Friday after he struck a Pace bus head on in Woodstock, sending seven people, including himself, to area hospitals.

Police and fire officials responded about 3:30 p.m. Friday to the area of 840 N. Seminary Ave. for a two-vehicle crash, Woodstock Police Sgt. Dan Wesolek said.

Woodstock Fire Capt. Karen Bush previously said five people were taken to area hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening and paramedics evaluated five more people on the scene, but Wesolek said seven were hospitalized after the crash. He also said it appeared all injuries were not life-threatening.

William Dooley, 70, of Harvard had been driving his 2008 Chevrolet Suburban south on Route 47 when he crossed the center line and struck the northbound Pace bus, driven by a 68-year-old Wonder Lake woman.

Dooley, the sole occupant of his vehicle, was hospitalized, and six Woodstock residents who had been riding the bus, ranging in age from late-20s to early-60s, also were taken to area hospitals.

Wesolek said distracted driving caused the crash.

Northbound Route 47 was closed for more than an hour, and another Pace bus took those who were not injured to their destinations.