A Waukegan woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a company involved in last week's shuttle bus crash at O'Hare International Airport, saying she was among the injured passengers.

Talipha Charles, 52, was one of at least a dozen people on a shuttle bus that crashed Friday morning into a concrete median as it drove down I-190 toward the terminals at O'Hare, according to Charles' attorney, Michael Krzak.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County court alleges negligence on the part of the bus company, Delaware Car Rental, Inc., and the bus driver, Queshonyas Eubanks, by failing to stay in the proper lane of traffic, speeding and failure to avoid collision with a concrete barrier, among other allegations.

"It was imperative that Ms. Charles file this lawsuit so that we can take the appropriate steps to seek a protective order relating to the bus and the employment file of the bus driver so that the bus is maintained in its current condition and so that we can begin our own investigation into this completely preventable tragedy," Krzak said in a statement.

The lawsuit seeks at least of $50,000 in damages.

The bus crash Friday injured more than a dozen people, with 14 people taken to area hospitals.

Eubanks, the driver, was also taken to the hospital in serious condition and was cited for failing to produce a driver's license and failing to keep in lanes.

Delaware Car Rental, Inc. could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night.

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