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CHICAGO — Police cited the driver of a charter bus that rear-ended a semitrailer, sending 17 persons to hospitals, authorities said yesterday.

The bus driver, whose name was not released, was ticketed for following too closely behind another vehicle, but the cause of the crash late Tuesday on the Chicago Skyway remained under investigation, Chicago Police spokesman John Henry said.

About three dozen people were on the private charter bus when it hit the semitrailer, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor said.


Symphony brawlers won’t face charges

BOSTON — Two men who snubbed symphony etiquette by throwing fists at the Boston Pops’ season-opening concert last month will not face charges, a court official said.

Matthew Ellinger, 27, of Boston, and Michael Hallam, 44, of Bourne, agreed to withdraw assault and battery complaints against each other at a closed-door hearing Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court, First Assistant Clerk Magistrate Rosemary Carr said.

Miss Carr would not comment on why Mr. Ellinger and Mr. Hallam dropped the complaints.

The fight at Symphony Hall on May 9 started when Mr. Ellinger tapped Mr. Hallam on the shoulder with a program and told him to be quiet, police said. The men bickered before Mr. Hallam punched Mr. Ellinger, leading to the brief scuffle in the balcony.


Man gets probation in wife’s suicide

NEW CITY — A man accused of standing by while his wife drove herself and their two daughters off a 300-foot cliff was sentenced yesterday to three years of probation in a plea deal.

“I deeply regret my conduct on that day,” said Victor Han, 35. “I should have been more concerned and careful.”

The children, 5-year-old Ariana and 3-year-old Itana, survived without major injury last June 14. Hejin Han, 35, died when she drove the family minivan off a scenic overlook on Bear Mountain north of New York City.

Mr. Han pleaded guilty in March to child endangerment in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges of promoting suicide and reckless endangerment. Prosecutors have acknowledged that the suicide case would have been difficult to prove.

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