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Boy hurt after van drives into Lake Co. school

Published: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

GURNEE – A northern Illinois boy is recovering after he was pinned beneath a minivan that crashed into a Lake County middle school.

Gurnee Police Commander Jay Patrick said rescuers had to use the Jaws of Life to get the vehicle off the 11-year-old on Wednesday. The boy was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening cuts and bruises and was later released.

Authorities said the van was driven by a 67-year-old who was delivering supplies to Woodland Middle School. The man hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, crashing – in reverse – through the school’s front double doors.

Patrick said the van was “positioned just right” to go up the curb, down the sidewalk and into the school’s front vestibule.

School officials said the building didn’t sustain structural damage.

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