A work van sustained heavy damage after crashing into a Pace bus on Harlem Avenue in Riverside on Oct. 8 (Photo courtesy of the Riverside Police Department)

Five people were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries after a work van rammed into the rear end of a Pace bus on southbound Harlem Avenue at Addison Road on Oct. 8 at about 2:20 p.m.

According to Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, the van was driven by a 36-year-old Hickory Hills man, who was not injured in the crash. He was ticketed for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The van sustained extensive front-end damage.

“It jolted the bus pretty good,” Weitzel said.

Among those injured on board the bus was the driver, who was described as a 50-year-old Villa Park woman. Four bus passengers reportedly were also injured, though no information about them was available immediately. Other passengers on board the bus were uninjured.

Southbound traffic on Harlem Avenue was restricted to just one lane in the vicinity of the crash for more than an hour as paramedics and police investigators processed the scene.