Four people lost their lives and five others were injured in a fiery early morning collision on May 7. The fatal wreck involving a sedan and a CTA bus took place in Chicago’s West Side in the Garfield Park neighborhood.
According to reports, the wreck happened on Madison Street around 6 a.m. when a speeding white sedan lost control after it smashed into a parked vehicle and then collided head-on into a CTA bus. The sedan then caught fire, trapping all four of its occupants. An eyewitness at the scene unsuccessfully tried to pull one of the individuals from the vehicle.
First responders to the scene removed the four severely injured individuals from the sedan and took them to local hospitals where authorities pronounced them dead. The two deceased passengers who were in the sedan were a 22-year-old woman and a 25-year old woman. They were declared dead after an ambulance took them to Mount Sinai Hospital.
Those injured on the bus included the driver and four passengers. According to reports, their injuries are not life-threatening. Reports also noted that one was in fair condition and two were in stable condition.
Following the accident, authorities shut down the roadway in both directions for about five hours while the investigation took place. The cause of the crash was still being determined at the time of reporting. It is unknown if alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident.
Although authorities did not disclose what may have contributed to this fatal accident, the driver who was traveling at a high rate of speed may have caused the crash. Those who suffer injuries because of the actions of reckless drivers might consider obtaining legal advice about seeking compensation for their losses.