A serious collision occurred recently between a CTA bus and a dump truck on the South Side. Two other vehicles were also involved, and several people were injured. The only people on the bus at the time of the collision were the driver and another CTA employee. They and the driver of the dump truck were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center. All parties were said to be in serious-to-critical condition.
The person driving one of the other vehicles was also injured. That person, whose condition was said to be better than that of the other injured parties, was treated at Advocate Trinity Hospital.
According to a spokesperson for the CTA, the bus driver was turning into the garage at 103rd Street when the dump truck, coming from the east, crashed into the bus. The collision was so violent that rescuers had to cut the CTA driver out of the wreckage.
The accident happened just before 10 p.m. on June 26, and at the time of a local report, police had not disclosed the exact cause of the crash.
Given the sheer weight and size of the vehicles they operate, bus and truck drivers are held to a higher standard of safety than drivers of smaller vehicles, and this unfortunate story illustrates why. If negligence played a role in this accident, then the injured parties may have grounds to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
If you would like to learn more about personal injury law in Illinois, please visit our Chicago truck accident site. Our firm serves clients who have been injured in auto accidents.
Source: CBS Chicago, "Bus Driver Critically Hurt In Crash With Dump Truck," June 27, 2013