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Several wounded in Chicago bus accident

On behalf of Strom & Associates, Ltd. posted in Mass Transit Accidents on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

Authorities say that 12 people on the bus were transported to local hospitals, with six suffering injuries categorized as fair-to-serious. Six other people suffered minor injuries in the collision, and nine passengers chose not to receive treatment at the scene. The bus driver was also transported to a local medical facility. In all, eight ambulances were called to the scene to attend to the wounded.

Authorities say that 12 people on the bus were transported to local hospitals, with six suffering injuries categorized as fair-to-serious. Six other people suffered minor injuries in the collision, and nine passengers chose not to receive treatment at the scene. The bus driver was also transported to a local medical facility. In all, eight ambulances were called to the scene to attend to the wounded.

Witnesses explain that the SUV was driving southbound on South Western Neighborhood when the vehicle began to swerve over the centerline. The bus driver sounded the vehicle’s horn, but the SUV continued into the bus’ path, eventually striking the bus and causing the public transit accident. It is not clear why the driver of the SUV drifted across the centerline in the first place, though it is possible that the motorist was distracted or impaired.

Public transit accidents can be caused by negligent drivers of personal vehicles. However, the bus driver needs to be astute enough to avoid crashing into another car, no matter the situation. Victims of this and other similar mass transit accidents may be entitled to financial compensation to pay for their medical costs and other civil claims.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “15 hurt, one critically, in crash involving CTA bus” Deanese Wiliams-Harris, Apr. 28, 2014

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