Sixteen people were hospitalized, some in serious or critical condition, after a school bus carrying children with special needs was involved in a collision with a vehicle Tuesday morning in Little Village.
According to the Chicago Fire Department, the collision occurred at 31st Street and Kedzie Avenue. Of the 16 people who were taken to area hospitals, at least two were adults who were listed in critical condition.
According to the CFD, nine students who were involved in the crash are in good condition.
EMS PLAN 2 school bus versus car headon 31 Kedzie bus had special needs students. Drivers are red condition students good condition about sixteen transports. pic.twitter.com/kNKmQvpEvk
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A 17th person was also injured, but did not require hospitalization, the fire department said. The crash did not occur exactly at the intersection, according to CFD officials, adding that witnesses stated the other vehicle involved in the crash “was left of center.”
Chicago police said an adult man driving an SUV southbound on Kedzie attempted to pass a semi-truck traveling in the same direction at around 10:15 a.m. The SUV went into oncoming traffic and collided with the bus. The students on the bus, who were between the ages of 16-18, were transported to area hospitals for evaluation, but no serious injuries were reported.
Police said the SUV driver was issued citations for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving on a revoked license.