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11 hurt in Roseland crash, including 9 kids with special needs

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Eleven people were injured, including nine special needs children, in an accident Monday in the South Side Roseland neighborhood.

A van carrying the special needs children was involved in a crash about 9 a.m. at West 111th Street and South Wentworth Avenue, Fire Media Affairs Officer Larry Langford said.

The crash occurred when one of the vehicles involved slid on pavement that was wet from rain, Langford said. Both vehicles sustained minor damage, and the children were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The van belonged to the St. Coletta's of Illinois Foundation, an organization sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi that provides support and funding for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

"While driving to the workshop this morning, a vehicle transporting our clients to the vocational workshop was hit by another vehicle," St. Coletta's spokeswoman Emily Boehlke said in a statement. The clients were transported to area hospitals to be checked, she said.

Two adults were hospitalized in "stable" condition and the nine children were listed in good condition, Langford said. All were taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Center in Evergreen Park, Advocate Trinity Hospital and MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island.

An EMS Plan 1 was called at the scene and secured about 9:15 a.m.

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