A school bus was sent careening into a Wheeling neighborhood Tuesday after colliding with a Honda Civic near Dundee Road and Schoenbeck Road.
No children were on the bus at the time. The bus was headed north on Schoenbeck Road at about 3:30 p.m. and had a greenlight, said Duane Madsen, a school crossing guard who saw the crash. Madsen said the Civic came through the intersection on Dundee Road.
"It wasn't the bus driver's fault," Madsen said, adding that the bus driver tried to avoid the crash. "She did a terrific job of driving."
The bus hit the front of the Civic, went off the west side of Schoenbeck, plowed through a fence and line of shrubbery before striking the home of Don Johnson, a 24-year resident of Wheeling.
"I heard the impact of the crash and got up to see what happened," Johnson said. "And then I heard more crashing ... I looked out my kitchen window and there was a school bus in my backyard."
The bus did not completely go through Johnson's home, but it did make a hole in the siding.
"It moved the kitchen cabinets, broke a water pipe," Johnson said. "It could have been worse, though; at least there were no kids on the bus."
The school bus is owned by First Student, a private company the contracts with local schools. A representative of the company said that both drivers were taken to Northwest Community Hospital.
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