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Bus driver ticketed for collison

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CHARLESTON (JG-TC) --A Dial-A-Ride bus driver was ticketed for failing to yield for a collision that injured him, the other driver, and 12 other people Thursday afternoon.

A crash report from the Charleston Police Department reports that Dial-A-Ride bus driver Lowell T. Page, 54, 918 Westgate Drive, Charleston, was stopped at the intersection of Osage Road and Illinois Route 16 facing south at the time of the accident, 2:49 p.m. Thursday.

The bus reportedly proceeded into the intersection to turn east onto Route 16 and was then struck in the side by an eastbound van driven by Janet L. Robey of Casey. The bus driver told police that the van was in his "blind spot" when the collision occurred.

Charleston Fire Department ambulances took Robey to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana and her two passengers, Audrey R. Lee, 26, and Gavin Lee, 5, both of Casey, to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for treatment of injuries.

Carle reported late Friday afternoon that Robey remained hospitalized in serious condition. Sarah Bush Lincoln does not release patient condition information.

Page and his 10 passengers were taken to Sarah Bush Lincoln for treatment of injuries. Some passengers on the bus were moved to another Dial-A-Ride vehicle that was brought to the scene for transit to the hospital.

The passengers were Ross W. Armstrong, 30, 1817 S. Ninth St.; Alex E. Childress, 21, 40 Timberlane; Michael W. Edwards, 45, 1817 S. Fourth St.; Kyler B. Honn, 27, 4568 Mary Todd Road; Luis R. Tarango, 25, Old State Village; Maurene E. Nichols, 37, 3317 Marion Ave., Gale A. Shanks, 73, 23 Bristol Green; Kruston W. Scott, 23, 23 Bristol Green; James L. Sparks, 32, 1327 S. 17th St.; and Julie L. Williams, 42, 2 Chestnut Run; all of Mattoon.

The Dial-A-Ride Public Transportation Program provides transportation primarily in Coles County and is a service of the Coles County Council on Aging.


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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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