INVERNESS – A head-on traffic accident involving a Barrington Transportation Company school bus occurred shortly after 7 a.m. today on Barrington Road, between Dundee and Bradwell Roads. No students were on the bus at the time of the accident, school officials said.
Rosalie Parrish, a regular driver, was driving the bus with a trainee, Ricardo Hernandez, when a northbound Honda CR-V struck the southbound bus, Barrington 220 School District Spokesman Jeff Arnett. The smaller vehicle swerved into the southbound lane, Arnett said.
The bus, in route to pick up middle school students, was left unusable and towed away after the accident, he said, adding that no significant bus delays were reported within the school district, despite Barrington Road being closed for more than two hours after the accident.
"Other bus drivers were able to re-route and delays were only momentary," he said.
Hernandez, who was released from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital as of 1 p.m., was transported to the hospital for minor injuries after bumping his head on the window during the crash.
Parrish was "shaken up during the accident," but is OK and still planning on driving her regular bus route this afternoon, he said.
The driver of the Honda CR-V, however, was also transported to the hospital for more serious injuries, Arnett added.
A midnight-shift police force reported to the scene, according to Inverness Police Department officials.
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