Bus Driver Speaks About Serious CTA Bus Accident
Barry G. Doyle
October 13, 2010 - More than 30 people were injured on Saturday when a bus operated by the Chicago Transit Authority crashed into a row of trees on the side of Lake Shore Drive. According to a report at the Chicago Tribune, the bus driver is now telling her side of the story and attempting to explain what happened that evening.
Reports had previously indicated that the bus driver had trouble turning the steering wheel and that several passengers had tried to help her when they noticed her struggling. However, the driver says no passengers were involved in steering the bus. The driver maintains that the crash was caused by a failure in the power steering, which caused the front wheels of the bus to veer to the right. She said the bus was going approximately 40 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
The union that represents bus drivers told reporters that the bus accident was caused by a mechanical error with the power steering, but the CTA is still continuing their investigation. According to My Fox Chicago, the union also argues that the CTA is not properly maintaining city buses.
More than 30 people were injured in the crash, some of them seriously. One passenger, a 44-year-old woman, has already filed a lawsuit against the CTA due to her neck and back injuries.
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