When it comes to auto accidents, collisions between cars and buses are relatively rare. Not only is it due to the buses’ large size which better enables them to be seen and avoided, but also because bus drivers receive more training than operators of passenger vehicles and are usually more skilled at avoiding collisions. So it’s pretty unusual to have two bus accidents in Chicago in just over a three-day period.
The first car-bus accident occurred early Saturday morning on the South Side of the city. Around 1:30am, a CTA bus was traveling south on South Jeffery Boulevard between 72nd and 73rd Streets when a northbound car crossed over the center-line. The sedan slammed into the side of the bus, injuring a total of ten passengers. One of the victims sustained serious-to-critical injuries while another was reportedly in fair-to-serious condition. The other eight were described as being in good-to-fair condition.
Then in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, another bus accident took place between a car and a bus. This time it was a sport utility vehicle which crashed into a private “party bus” carrying bar revelers on the Eisenhower Expressway. Just before 2:45am, a Ford Expedition struck the left side of the bus on I-290 near Ashland Avenue less than a mile from the United Center. Nineteen bus passengers were injured, including two who were in serious-to-critical condition and 11 who were in fair-to-serious condition. The 28-year old man driving the SUV was charged with DUI.
It appears that the drivers of the passenger vehicles in both incidents will be held primarily or fully responsible for their respective auto accidents and the resulting injuries to the bus passengers. That means that the drivers of the sedan and SUV could be named as defendants in future personal injury lawsuits filed by the injured passengers.