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McHenry school bus driver dies on way to get students
By Lee Filas | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 5/29/2008 3:46 PM | Updated: 5/29/2008 7:21 PM

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A school bus driver heading out to pick up students for his morning route died at the wheel early Thursday morning.

McHenry Deputy Chief Bill Brogan said the driver, Robert C. Belletynee, 66, of McHenry, was slowing down to turn onto Crystal Lake Road from Route 120 in McHenry when he slumped over and died from a medical condition, possibly a heart attack.

The bus continued eastbound on Route 120 before jumping a curb, hitting a fence and coming to a rest in a vacant lot near the intersection.

The bus was empty at the time except for Belletynee, Brogan said. There were no injuries reported.

"The bus wasn't going too fast because he was slowing down to make the turn onto Crystal Lake Road," Brogan said. "We're fortunate there were no other vehicles involved and no one else was hurt in the accident."

Belletynee was an employee of McHenry Schools Transportation Department Districts 15 and 156, which transports students attending McHenry elementary and high schools.

He was employed at the district since 2004, school officials said.