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There was a fatal collision between a CTA bus and car early Sunday morning (May 7, 2017) on Chicago’s Near West side.  Four people died as a result of the crash.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, the crash happened in the 2600 block of West Madison Street just before 6:00 a.m.

An excerpt from the May 7, 2017 Chicago Tribune article (with video) titled “2 of 4 killed identified after CTA bus, car collide in Near West Side“:

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There was a fatal crash involving a CTA bus that drove onto a Chicago sidewalk this afternoon (June 2, 2015.)  The accident happened at approximately 5:50 p.m. in the 100 block of East Lake Street (at Michigan Avenue.)

The accident happened after the bus, for a currently unknown reason, jumped a curb and went onto the sidewalk.  One pedestrian was struck as were four vehicles.

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There was a “head-on collision” today (April 28, 2014) involving a CTA bus and SUV in Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood.

This collision happened shortly before 10 a.m. as the Route 49 CTA bus was northbound on South Western Avenue, and it collided with a large SUV near West 50th Street.

An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article of April 28, 2014 titled “15 People, Including 2 Kids, Injured In Head-on Crash Involving CTA Bus” :

Witnesses told investigators the bus blew the horn, but the SUV drifted into oncoming traffic and made impact, Langford said.

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There was a fatal accident early this morning (April 23, 2014) in Chicago’s Calumet Heights neighborhood. The accident involved a collision between a van and a CTA bus.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the fatal collision happened at approximately 12:45 a.m., as a CTA bus was traveling southbound in the 9300 block of South Commercial Avenue. A van traveling eastbound on East 93rd Street hit the bus near its passenger-side rear tire.

After the crash, the van erupted into flames. Two people from a nearby bar were able to pull two of the van’s passengers from the wreckage. However, the driver of the van remained pinned in the van. After Chicago Fire Department personnel were able to extricate the driver from the van, he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. He was pronounced dead at 1:42 a.m.

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There was a fatal “head-on” collision between a car and a bus on Wednesday (February 12, 2014) morning in Romeoville, Illinois.

This fatal “head-on” crash happened at approximately 9:10 a.m., at Renwick Road and Rankin Drive. The accident happened when a Kia Rio was traveling eastbound on Renwick, and for reasons unknown, crossed into the westbound lanes, into the path of an oncoming Pace bus. The Kia hit the bus in a direct frontal collision, and then the Kia hit another car.

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On December 12, 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that 52 bus companies – including five Illinois bus companies – have been shut down by federal regulators.

Excerpts from the U.S. Department of Transportation press release of December 12, 2013 titled “FMCSA’s Operation Quick Strike Removed 52 Unsafe Bus Companies From The Road” :

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced today that 52 bus companies and 340 vehicles were put out of business and removed from the road as a result of Operation Quick Strike, an eight-month intensified effort to shut down unsafe motorcoach companies.

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There was a CTA bus accident today (November 1, 2013) on Lake Shore Drive in which nine people were injured.

The accident happened as the CTA bus was heading northbound at Montrose at approximately 2:30 p.m. According to preliminary information, a vehicle ahead of the bus stopped abruptly, and the bus swerved to avoid hitting that vehicle. As a result, the CTA bus went off the roadway and hit a light pole.

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There was a three-vehicle collision involving a Pace van on Chicago’s Southwest Side Friday (June 14) afternoon, in which thirteen people were injured. The accident happened at West 76th Street and South Pulaski Road, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

The accident happened as the Pace van was heading northbound on Pulaski at approximately 4:15 p.m., when it was involved in a “head-on” collision with a vehicle traveling southbound.

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The CTA has settled a lawsuit for $5.45 million in the case of a woman who was struck and killed by a CTA bus as she sought to remove her bicycle from the bike rack at the front of the bus. The incident happened in 2007.

Excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of November 14, titled “CTA settles suit over bike rack death” :

Ludwika Szynalik, 59, was taking her bike off the rack on the front of the No. 152 Addison bus she had been riding on Dec. 31, 2007 when the driver accelerated and dragged her more than 80 feet, according to a lawsuit Szynalik’s family filed in Cook County Circuit Court in 2008.

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Yesterday, a 76-year-old woman was killed in downtown Chicago as she was walking in a crosswalk and was struck by a bus’s mirror. The accident happened near Union Station, and the bus involved was a Megabus.

The woman, Donna Halstead, of Chicago, was walking northbound on Canal Street, crossing Adams at approximately 2:20 p.m., when she was struck by the bus’s side mirror. She fell to the pavement and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, where she was pronounced dead at 6:10 p.m.

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