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Man killed in collision with school bus

GRAND RAPIDS TWP., Ill. — A Streator man was killed Thursday morning after the pickup truck he was driving collided with a school bus transporting Ottawa Township High School students.

At about 7 a.m. the La Salle County Sheriff’s department was called to respond to an accident on Grand Ridge Blacktop about a quarter of a mile east of East 22nd Road in Grand Rapids Township.

According to a press release from the La Salle County Coroner’s office, Brian P. Dodge, 46, was driving a pickup truck traveling eastbound when, according to witnesses, the truck began to fishtail and collided with the bus traveling westbound.

Dodge was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the bus and the students on the bus were all transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.

The accident is under investigation by the La Salle County Sheriff’s Office and the La Salle County Coroner’s Office.

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