4 Hurt When CTA Bus Hits Tree on Lake Shore Drive in Uptown

The No. 147 Outer Drive Express bus hit a tree at about 2:15 p.m. near Wilson Drive

At least four people were injured when a CTA bus crashed into a tree Monday on Lake Shore Drive near Uptown on the North Side.

The No. 147 Outer Drive Express bus was northbound on Lake Shore Drive about 2:15 p.m. when it hit a tree near Lawrence Avenue, according to CTA spokesman Steve Mayberry.

Two lanes of Lawrence Avenue, and the southbound exit to Lake Shore Drive were closed as a result of the crash, according to a tweet from the Chicago Police Department.

Ambulance crews arrived to find eight people at the scene, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt. Three were taken to hospitals in fair-to-serious condition while one was taken in critical condition. Their ages and genders were not immediately known.

The four other people at the scene refused medical treatment from paramedics, Merritt said.

Police did not immediately provide details about the crash.

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