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Published: 11/2/2007 12:17 AM

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Bartlett police say a school bus driver caused a multiple-vehicle crash at 10:30 a.m. Thursday when she failed to yield while turning left from Route 59 onto Route 20. No children were on the bus, which is owned by Downers Grove-based Durham School Corp. Police said the driver of a 1996 Mack dump truck collided with a 1998 Volvo tractor trailer when it swerved to avoid the bus driven by 23-year-old Kelly Habighurst of Roselle. When the bus was hit the impact pushed the Volvo truck into a 1985 Oldsmobile, reports said. Habighurst, who was cited for failure to yield while turning left, was transported to St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates for minor injuries. Police released her on bond. A court date will be assigned at the Cook County court facility in Rolling Meadows. No one else was injured.

Train hits Des Plaines man

A man lying between the eastbound tracks of the Canadian National Railroad was hit and critically injured by a freight train around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday just south of Algonquin Road, Des Plaines police said. The engineer saw a man lying between the tracks but he could not stop the train in time, Police Chief James Prandini said. The 53-year-old Des Plaines man was taken unconscious to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with injuries to his head, left leg and chest, reports said. He was scheduled for surgery Thursday and had not regained consciousness. It was not clear when, why or how he ended up on the tracks, Prandini said.

Gas station robbed

A man with a handgun robbed the Shell gas station, 2 N. Elmhurst Road in Prospect Heights around 10:32 p.m. Wednesday, police said. According to reports, he walked into the station as the female clerk was closing up. He displayed the gun and demanded money. The clerk gave him $178 from the cash register, reports said. He left the station in a beige minivan and drove west on Camp McDonald Road, reports said. He was described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, thin build, a bandage on his left cheek and wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket and gloves.

More on bank robbery

Des Plaines police have revealed more information about a Tuesday bank robbery. Investigators are still looking for a man who stole $4,816 from the TCF Bank about 1:35 p.m. Tuesday inside the Jewel Food Store, 1500 Lee St. He first asked about opening an account, then asked the 19-year-old male teller if he had ever been shot, police said. He held a note written on a white index card, saying "Put all the money in the envelope. If you scream you are gonna die." The robber implied he had a gun but did not show it, police said. The offender is described as 24 to 25 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 135 to 150 pounds and wearing a green hat with ear flaps and a white logo on the front and brim of the cap, large clear sunglasses, dark hoodie, dark pants and dark shoes.

Veterans, send your stories

An estimated 40 million viewers tuned in to watch at least part of Ken Burns' latest documentary series, "The War," which aired last month on PBS. The series portrayed intimate looks at the experience of people who fought on the front lines during World War II. Some veterans talked about experiences they hadn't told anyone before. Veterans, do you have something that you haven't told anyone before but are now ready to share? Veterans of all wars are invited to send in a story about something they experienced in war -- something they've never told anyone but now would like to reveal. We will print some of the responses in an upcoming edition. Please send your response to and limit your responses to 300 words. Be sure to include your full name, town, military information and contact information for us to reach you.

Scam costs man $10,000

Hoffman Estates police are warning suburban residents to be on the lookout for a possible lottery scam after a resident was conned out of $10,000 in cash. According to police, the victim was approached Oct. 26 in a parking lot on the 800 block of West Golf Road in Schaumburg by a man asking for help. Police said the man told the victim that he was an illegal alien, but had a winning lottery ticket in his pocket for $3.7 million. In exchange for $10,000 in cash, police said the man promised the victim that he would split the lottery winnings with him if he could help get it cashed. Police said the victim went to his Hoffman Estates bank and gave the man $10,000 in cash. Shortly after that, the victim told police that after stopping at a local pharmacy, the man fled the area with the lottery ticket and $10,000 in cash. Police Sgt. Jim Campbell said residents should be extremely cautious when getting involved in a deal like this. "If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Campbell said.

Republicans to meet

District 28 state Sen. John J. Millner and 15th District Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider will speak at a Saturday morning breakfast meeting of the Schaumburg Township Re-publican Organization at Chandler's, Schaumburg Golf Club, 401 N. Roselle Road. An optional breakfast buffet will be served at 8:30, followed by a short meeting and the speakers at 9 a.m. Millner will take questions and discuss "The State of Springfield" and other issues. Schneider will talk about Cook County government and answer questions. Admission is free; breakfast is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.