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Three students had to go to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries after a school bus crash Thursday morning in LaSalle County.

The school bus, driven by 51-year-old Mary E. Hatch of Varna, was making the rounds for Dear Park School, which is southeast of Oglesby. The LaSalle County Sheriff's Office says Hatch was trying to avoid an animal on E. 1251st Road, between Ottawa and Utica, when her tires left the roadway onto the gravel and she lost control of the bus trying to get back on the road. The bus rolled onto its side in the east ditch.

Hatch was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and was given a LaSalle County Court date.