Bus crash scene

Bus damaged during a fatal head-on crash. (Reader photo by Giovanni Salgado / August 11, 2012)

A 21-year-old man was pronounced dead after the car he was driving struck a CTA bus in a head on crash on the Northwest Side, according to officials.

Jose Barrueta of the 2700 block of North Harding Avenue, was pronounced dead at 10:32 a.m. at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office and police.

Barrueta had initially been listed in serious-to-critical condition after being pinned in the 2009 Toyota Scion after the collision with the bus at West Diversey Avenue and North Albany Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood.

The accident happened at about 6 a.m. as Barrueta was traveling westbound when he veered into the eastbound lane and struck the bus head on, police said.

The bus was carrying eight passengers, in addition to the driver, all of whom refused medical attention, police said.

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