FULTON, Ill. – A Georgia man has been charged in connection with a bus accident that happened this morning near Fulton.

The accident happened at 7:40 a.m. today at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Elston Road. Authorities have determined that a vehicle driven by Timothy K. Perry, 22, of Albany, Georgia, was traveling west on U.S. 30 and did not observe traffic slowing in front of him. According to the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office, Perry swerved to avoid colliding with a passenger car and went onto the north shoulder of the roadway. Perry then struck a school bus that was traveling west on U.S. 30 and turning onto Elston Road.

As a result of the crash, Perry as well as three students were transported to Mercy Medical Center – Clinton for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Perry was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The accident remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted at the scene by Fulton ambulance personnel; the Fulton Fire Department; Albany, Illinois EMS; the Clinton Fire Department; and the Fulton Police Department.

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