Twenty-Six Injured In North Side Bus Crash Bus Driver May Have Been Trying To Help Woman POSTED: 1:53 p.m. CST October 31, 2003 UPDATED: 5:31 p.m. CST October 31, 2003 CHICAGO -- Twenty-six people were taken to local hospitals after a bus crashed into a tree at the corner of Hollywood Avenue and Sheridan Road Friday. The accident involved Chicago Transit Authority bus No. 147, the Outer Drive Express, CTA spokeswoman Anne McCarthy said. NBC5's Rob Elgas <http://www.nbc5.com/nbc5/1671831/detail.html> reported that a Chicago police sergeant at the scene said seconds before the collision, the bus driver came to the aid of an elderly woman, grabbing her as she lost her balance. That forced the bus out of control, Elgas reported. The sergeant said the driver's heart was in the right place, but the Chicago Transit Authority will still investigate why the crash took place. It was unclear whether the bus driver was stopping at that bus stop or just pulling away, Elgas reported. The CTA said it would test the driver for drugs, but police said preliminary indications were that no citations would be issued. McCarthy did not know whether the bus driver was injured. McCarthy also said no other vehicles were involved. "Four people were listed in serious to critical condition, 13 in fair to serious and nine in good to fair condition," Fire Media Cmdr. Will Knight said. CTA bus routes 147 and 155 Sheridan were rerouted in both directions around the accident, McCarthy said. The reroutes were North Sheridan Road to West Foster Avenue to North Broadway to West Hollywood Avenue back to North Sheridan Road, McCarthy said. The intersection was closed to traffic for a short while but was reopened, Knight said.