Car crashes into CTA bus after shots fired

March 30, 2011 4:34:44 AM PDT
Nine people were injured when a car crashed into a CTA bus at 75th and Vincennes. Police say the car swerved into the bus after gunmen opened fire Tuesday.

Several businesses, two schools and a daycare are located nearby, but no one was seriously injured in the shooting or crash, which happened at approximately 9:30 a.m.

For Mahogany Meyers, it was a close call. After dropping her 3-year-old daughter at school, the South Side mother stopped for breakfast at the Waffle and Pancake House. When she was pulling out of the parking lot, she heard multiple gunshots.

"As soon as I ducked, I felt all the glass. So I ducked just in time," Myers told ABC7. "I am so blessed. I can't do anything but smile."

A bullet hit Myer's driver side window.

"While they were still shooting, I popped the door open to crawl into the restaurant. But I only have scratches on my arm," said Meyers.

It came to an end when a black car, that may or may not be involved in the shooting, struck the number 75 CTA bus going westbound.

The bus hit a light pole and came to a stop in a vacant lot. The crash was captured on surveillance tape.

Izara Hamilton was on her way to work when she heard the gunshots and saw the crash.

"I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. And I didn't know where it was coming from. And then I see the bus coming towards me and then he changed it and went the other way," said Hamilton.

"It was more than one gun, I'll put it that way. But it was continuous. At least eight, nine times. Maybe more, probably more," said Sybel Clemons, witness.

"Based on the information we have at this time, that cannot be confirmed that high power weapon was used," said Deputy Chief Eddy Welch, Chicago Police Department.

ABC7 spoke to the CTA bus driver while she was waiting for treatment at the hospital. She was very low key about what happened but did admit it was one scary moment.

The investigation is ongoing. Police are looking for the offenders and are not sure if the incident was gang or drug related.