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Children have hospital adventure after bus hit

Two dozen elementary school children were detoured to a Gloucester County hospital yesterday afternoon after a car slammed into their school bus, police said. No injuries were reported.

The children, first through fourth graders, were on their way home from Stratton Elementary School in Swedesboro. Their bus was stopped on High Hill Road in Woolwich Township about 3:30 p.m. when it was rammed from behind by a car driven by Vladimir Rudka of Bensalem, said Chief Russell Marino of Woolwich police.

The students were transferred to another bus and taken to Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury to be examined. Rudka was charged with careless driving.

"Most of [the children] thought it was an adventure," Marino said. "As long as nobody got hurt, they thought it was pretty neat."

- Sam Wood