ARCOLA — State police on Friday said a 19-year-old man was cited for improper lane usage and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after his vehicle collided head-on with a school bus on Thursday.

A preliminary investigation found that the man's Dodge Charger was headed westbound on Illinois 133 when it crossed into roadway's center line and into the path of the eastbound Arcola Elementary School bus. The bus was carrying about 25 students and four adult chaperones, police said. 

The driver of the bus tried to avoid the Dodge sedan by slowing and swerving to the right shoulder before colliding, police said. The man needed to be extracted from his vehicle, and was taken to an area hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries. 

One adult and one student riding the bus were also taken to area hospitals with minor injuries, police said, while all other passengers were transported home on another school bus.

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