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Bus crashes into animal shelter in suburbs

Two people were injured this morning when the school bus she was driving crashed into an animal shelter in Niles.

According to emergency officials, no children where aboard the bus when it crashed into the Wright Way Rescue animal adoption center at the intersection of Harlem Ave and Touhy Ave.

The 62-year-old female driver of the Alltown School bus was cited for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.  She and a driver in training were shaken up with minor injuries.

After helping the bus driver and her assistant off the bus and determining there were no children onboard, people scrambled to collect all the animals, fearing the brick building could collapse.

25 frightened dogs and cats were at the shelter at the time.

For Wrightway workers and volunteers, the tiny shelter in Niles is a labor of love. It finds homes for 5000 animals a year, most of them are stray dogs from rural Southern Illinois.

To help, log on to http://wrightwayanimalrescue.com/

Niles police say Touhy Ave between Harlem and Milwaukee will remained closed off to traffic for the evening.

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