Boy, 11, Pinned Under Van That Crashed Into School

Honda Odyssey backed up into Woodland Middle School shortly before 4 p.m.

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    An out-of-control van crashes through a door at a middle school in Gurnee, pinning a boy underneath. Rob Elgas reports. (Published Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013)

    A Gurnee sixth-grader was injured, but not seriously, after being pinned under the wheel of a minivan that crashed into a far north suburban middle school.

    Officials said the Honda Odyssey backed up into Woodland Middle School, at 7000 Washington Street, shortly before 4 p.m.

    The 11-year-old was with his father when the vehicle ran into them, pinning the boy beneath its wheel. A Gurnee police official said the 67-year-old driver "apparently mistook the gas pedal for the brake pedal."

    Rescuers needed to use a Jaws of Life-type tool to free the boy, officials said.

    The boy was taken to Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. His injuries were described as not life-threatening.

    Three other people on the scene were treated but refused transport.