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7 Students Die in Ill. Train-Bus Crash

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Seven high school students were killed and two dozen were injured last week when a commuter train crashed into a school bus at a railroad crossing in Fox River Grove, Ill.

One student remained in critical condition late last week, local officials said.

The bus was carrying 36 students on their way to Cary-Grove High School in nearby Cary, Ill., about 40 miles northwest of Chicago.

It had stopped at about 7:10 a.m. on Oct. 25, waiting for a traffic signal on the two-lane road, according to local fire officials and a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.

The rear portion of the bus, however, had not cleared the train tracks, and the Chicago-bound train slammed into it at about 50 mph. No one on the train was injured, officials said.

The bus driver, a 54-year-old woman, was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation. No other information about her condition was available.

The high school, located in Community High School District #155, remained open for classes last week. Crisis counselors were called in to comfort grieving students.

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