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Driver cited in South Side crash that left 11 injured, including 9 kids

Updated: June 24, 2013 6:30PM

A van driver was cited after a crash Monday on the South Side that injured eleven people, including nine special needs children traveling in the van, authorities said.

The Ford van carrying the special needs children was eastbound on 111th Street, in the Roseland neighborhood, where the driver attempted to turn left onto Wentworth Avenue at 8:45 a.m., Chicago Police said. The van failed to yield to another vehicle and was struck, authorities said.

Both vehicles sustained minor damage, and 2 adults and 9 children were taken to area hospitals as a precaution, but all were later released.

At the time of the crash, the Ford van was heading to Tinley Park-based St. Coletta’s of Illinois Foundation, which provides support and funding for children and adults with developmental disabilities, officials said.

The 56-year-old Frankfort woman driving the van full of children was cited for failure to yield, police said. She is a St. Coletta’s employee.

“While driving to the workshop this morning, a vehicle transporting our clients to the vocational workshop was hit by another vehicle,” St. Coletta’s spokeswoman Emily Boehlke said in a statement.

The vehicle carrying the children was actually a Pace van leased with federal funds by St. Coletta’s, Pace spokesman Patrick Wilmot said.

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