MONMOUTH, Ill. — Three students were taken to hospitals Friday morning after a car lost control and was struck by a school bus on a snow-packed U.S. 67 north of Monmouth.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Edwards said the accident occurred at 7:20 a.m., 2 1/2 miles north of Monmouth.

Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Elswick said 25 students were in the bus with three taken to hospitals. They were treated and released.

The driver of the car, Caitlin Volz, 21, of Monmouth, also was treated and released. She is charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

"Everyone was very fortunate, especially Ms. Volz. It took 45 minutes to an hour to get her out of the car," Elswick said.

Edwards said Volz's northbound car lost control and slid into the path of the southbound school bus from the United School District that encompasses students from Alexis, Little York, Kirkwood and Cameron. The bus struck the driver's side of the car, which ended up in a ditch. The bus remained upright, he said.

The rest of the students were taken by another school bus to the high school.

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