Crash sends car into bus stop

May 23, 2008 3:26:49 PM PDT
Five people were hurt Friday morning, including a pedestrian, in a crash on Chicago's Southwest Side. Two cars collided and one plowed into a bus stop. One of the cars involved in the crash, which happened around 9:30 a.m. near 26th and Kostner, was a Cook County Sheriff's squad car.

According to Cook County Sheriff's spokesperson Penny Matek, a marked sheriff's patrol car with two deputies inside was headed south on Kostner at 26th Street when a gray Chrysler 300 with two people inside headed westbound allegedly ran through the stoplight at 9:17 Friday morning. The Chrysler clipped the sheriff's car and then careened into a bus stop. One pedestrian was injured.

Maria Guerrero, a crossing guard, saw the impact.

"The car across the street was coming too fast and that's when the accident took place," Guerrero said. "That car flew right into that bus stop and the lady that was sitting there, which was one of my parents that I crossed, got hit."

All five people involved in the accident were seriously injured. They were transported to area hospitals. None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

The two people extricated from the gray Chrysler were arrested at the scene. They were taken into custody before they were transported to Stroger Hospital. Officials have not said what charges they could face.


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