At least 15 people were taken to hospitals after in a crash involving a CTA bus this morning on the Southwest Side.
Shortly before 10 a.m., CTA officials said an SUV going southbound on Western Avenue made contact with the northbound No. 49 Western Avenue bus.
Witnesses said they saw the SUV driving southbound near the 5000 block of South Western Avenue in the Gage Park neighborhood, but the vehicle began drifting left of the yellow line that divides traffic, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. The bus driver blew the horn, but the driver of the SUV continued to drift across the yellow line and crashed into the bus, he said.
Eight ambulances were called to the scene, Langford said.
The driver of the SUV had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious-to-critical condition, said Langford.
Two children riding in the back of the SUV were taken in fair-to-serious condition to Stroger hospital, where their condition was stabilized, said Langford.
Twelve people on the bus were taken to area hospitals; six were listed in in fair-to-serious condition and six were listed in good condition, he said. Nine people at the scene refused treatment.
The bus driver was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital, Langford said.Copyright © 2015, RedEye