Six Injured after CTA Bus Crashes into Belmont Cragin Building
Authorities in Chicago announced that six people were injured in an accident involving a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus in Belmont Cragin on Friday morning.
According to Chicago police, the crash occurred just before 8 a.m. at Fullerton and Laramie avenues. A CTA bus was eastbound on Fullerton Avenue when a tow truck driver “lost control" and caused the CTA bus driver to swerve out of the way to avoid a collision. The bus then crashed into a building, officials said.
Six people were hospitalized in the crash, including the bus driver, authorities confirmed. Their conditions are unknown.
A Chicago police spokesperson couldn’t provide any information late Friday afternoon as police were “still waiting for the traffic crash report to be finalized.” It is unclear if the tow truck driver faces any citations or charges.
Auto accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Some involve drivers who are intoxicated, fatigued, or angry, while others are caused by avoidable distractions. On average, auto accidents permanently injure 2.5 million Americans every year and are responsible for almost 40,000 deaths. The most common cause of accidents in the U.S. are drunk driving (40 percent), irresponsible driving (33 percent), and speeding (30 percent).
Pending the outcome of the traffic investigation into Friday’s crash, the six people who were injured may be entitled to a personal injury claim. If the investigation establishes that the tow truck driver was negligent, the injured victims can legally seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, disability, or emotional distress.
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