[cifnmedia] Twenty-Six Injured In North Side Bus Crash

  • From: "Wilcox, Christopher M" <cmwilcox@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <cifnmedia@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 21:16:43 -0600

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

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. 

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