Seven people were injured, including five in critical condition, after a car crashed into a CTA bus shelter in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The crash occurred Monday, Sept. 14, around 1 p.m. at the corner of 47th Street and Martin Luther King Drive.
According to reports from police officials and witnesses, the driver of the vehicle appeared to lose control of the car and crossed two lanes of traffic before hopping the curb and hitting multiple pedestrians waiting in and around the bus shelter.
Emergency crews responded to the accident where five people were taken to local hospitals in critical condition and two others were treated for minor injuries at the scene. That evening, all of the injured were reported to be in good condition or had been released from the hospital.
Officials stated that the car, driven by a 58-year-old woman, was traveling northbound on Martin Luther King Drive when it crossed into southbound lanes and headed toward the shelter. Witnesses said the vehicle hit a lamp post before crashing into the bus shelter, shattering the glass and trapping some of the victims under the shelters back wall.
It remains unclear why the woman crossed traffic, but witnesses said she was disoriented when she got out of the vehicle and did not know what happened when asked about the incident. The vehicles airbags deployed and the woman was taken to the hospital for observation. Chicago police have issued an unnamed citation.
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