Public transportation in Illinois is among the safest in the world. That’s because all of the common carriers take extra precautions to ensure that they are transporting riders safely and properly. As a result, it’s relatively rare to hear about an accident involving a Chicago Transit Authority bus – much less two such accidents on the same day.
But that’s precisely what took place on Wednesday, October 9 in Chicago. The first incident happened shortly before 8:45am and didn’t even involve an actual collision. The #3 King Drive bus was driving on Michigan Avenue downtown when a taxicab swerved in front of it just south of Wacker Drive. The bus slammed on its brakes and avoided striking the cab, but several passengers tumbled forward as a result of the sudden stop. A total of eight passengers were taken to nearby hospitals, but none of their injuries were life threatening.
Then a second CTA accident took place around noon on the city’s West Side in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. The northbound #82 Kimball bus was stopped at a bus stop at the intersection of Madison Street and Homan Avenue (at the southwest corner of Garfield Park) when two other vehicles collided with one another and one struck the bumper of the bus. A total of eight people were rushed to three area hospitals, with one of those victims in serious condition. It wasn’t clear how many victims were passengers on the bus.
It’s difficult to determine from the information given precisely who was at fault in both instances. In the morning incident, the bus driver may be partially responsible for the injuries to the passengers, but the cabdriver may share some or most of the blame depending on the circumstances. But in the afternoon collision, the CTA probably won’t be saddled with any liability because the bus was at a standstill when the crash occurred.