A major Chicago bus accident sent nearly a dozen people to the hospital earlier this week. According to the Chicago Tribune the bus crash struck early Tuesday morning on the city’s South Side.
A string of events lead to the accident. Around 9:30 a.m. two men exited a red truck on Vincennes Avenue and began firing shots at a black vehicle down the block. Witnesses reported that the men were armed with automatic weapons like Ak-47s or Uzis. The car under fire sped away in an attempt to avoid the bullets. However, in speeding away the vehicle collided with a Chicago Transit Authority bus filled with passengers.
The bus veered off the road following the first impact, ultimately slamming into a light pole. The windshield of the bust was shattered. The bus driver’s hands were severely cut, and several other passengers were also injured by the flying glass. Two passengers were hospitalized in serious to critical condition-their specific injuries remain unclear.
Authorities are continuing to investigate to better understand what actually happened during the encounter.
Just like a truck, large buses have the capacity to cause immense damage when they are involved in road accidents. In fact, when caught in accidents public transportation vehicles often involve tremendous damages because of the amount of people aboard the machines. Of particular concern is the fact that many passengers aboard transit vehicles are not properly secured. All Chicago commuters know that sometimes one is lucky only to get a seat at all and seatbelts are always non-existent. For that reason, it is vital that all public transit drivers (and all those who drive near CTA vehicles) to exercise as much care as possible.
Our Chicago truck crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti understand the mix of emotions and legal issues involved cases with large vehicles. We encourage all local residents to contact Illinois injury attorneys whenever they are involved in a traffic accident to help guide them through the process.
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