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Minivan crashes into Gurnee school, student injured

A sixth-grade student was injured Wednesday afternoon when a minivan crashed into a Gurnee school, and the boy was trapped under the vehicle.

A 67-year-old driver apparently mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal and accidentally backed his Honda minivan into the northeast entrance of Woodland Middle School in the 7000 block of Washington Street in Gurnee, Gurnee Police Cmdr. Jay Patrick said.

The van struck an 11-year-old student leaving school with his father at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Patrick said.

Gurnee Fire Department paramedics freed the boy, who suffered leg injuries, cuts and abrasions, and took him to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Patrick said. The boy’s father was not injured, police said.

The main entrance to the doorway was damaged, a school district statement said.

Members of the school district’s crisis team provided support for students and parents who witnessed the crash, the school district said.

Gurnee Police were investigating. The driver had not been cited as of Wednesday evening.

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