The Chicago Transit Authority bus was a northbound Ashland Express bus that reportedly struck a light pole on the 2500 block of South Ashland Avenue at about 7:30 a.m., the Chicago Fire Department reported. The accident injured 10 passengers and the driver. Two were in serious condition, eight were in fair condition and one was reported in good condition.
The Chicago Breaking News Center reported as many as 10 ambulances responded to the bus accident. The Transit Authority is investigating, however the cause of the accident has not been reported.
According to the Center for National Truck and Bus Statistics at the University of Michigan, more than 300 fatal bus accidents occur each year in the United States. A recent study in 2006 found 9 fatalities in Illinois, including 5 transit busing deaths and two deaths as the result of a school bus accident.
That same year, busing accidents also killed 89 pedestrians and 12 bicyclists.