Five People Injured After Car Crashes into CTA Bus Shelter

Authorities yet to confirm if those injured were passengers of the car

Friday, Sep 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:15 PM CDT
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Car Crashes into Bus Shelter, 5 Injured

Five people were injured and taken to area hospitals in serious-to-critical condition after a car crashed into a glass CTA bus shelter on the West Side.

Five people suffered serious injuries Saturday morning when two cars collided on the West Side, forcing one of them into a glass CTA bus shelter.

The wreck happened about 2:15 a.m. on West Roosevelt Road near South Independence Boulevard, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva said.

Witnesses told police that a 2000 Cadillac Coupe was heading at a high rate of speed southbound on Independence Boulevard when it struck the passenger side of a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix that was westbound on Roosevelt Road, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

The impact of the crash pushed the Pontiac into a CTA bus shelter where two people -- a 46-year-old woman and a man in his 50s -- were standing, Mirabelli said.

Each of the drivers fled on foot following the crash, leaving their cars and passengers behind, and police were looking for those drivers later Saturday morning.

Five people were injured and taken to area hospitals in serious-to-critical condition, Roccasalva said. Emergency crews took one person to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood; one person was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital; two people were taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County; and one person was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

A 32-year-old man who was a passenger in the Cadillac was the one who was taken to Northwestern Memorial and a 26-year-old woman in the Cadillac was taken to Loyola Medical Center, Mirabelli said.

A 22-year-old man who was a passenger in the Grand Prix was taken to Mount Sinai, according to Mirabelli.

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