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Boy on bike struck by school bus, injured in Humboldt Park

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:42 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — A 14-year-old boy on a bicycle was struck by a bus on a residential street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and injured, relatives of the boy and officials said.

Fire Department paramedics took the child to Children's Memorial Hospital  in serious-to-critical condition about 4 p.m., said fire spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim. The boy was later treated in good condition for lacerations to his leg, police said.

The child was on a bicycle when struck by a bus in the 3200 block of West Hirsch Street, she said.

The boy told police that he swerved to avoid a pothole and collided with the bus, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O'Brien. No citations were issued in the crash, he said.

Relatives of the boy said he is 14 and lives a block away from where he was struck by the bus and had his foot crushed.

Witnesses told the boy's aunt that the bus driver blew his horn before the accident, but did not appear to slow down. His aunt, who did not wish to named, said she "heard the crash and the crunching of the bicycle," but did not see the incident.

Residents have been trying to get speed bumps on the street--which runs one way going east--because vehicles often speed down the street, and "this is all residential," said the aunt.

The school bus, owned by a Chicago Board of Education contractor, Sunrise Transportation, Inc., had about 10 students from Pritzker Elementary, 2009 W Schiller St., still on it at the time of the crash, a schools spokesman said. None of the children nor the driver were injured, said the spokesman. A supervisor at Sunrise wasn't immediately available for comment.

Police were notified of a person transported from the scene by ambulance, but had no details about the incident.

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