7 injured after car crashes into bus shelter near 47th, King Drive

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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Seven people were injured when a car crashed into a CTA bus shelter in Bronzeville.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Seven people were injured after a car hit a bus shelter in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. Five people were taken to the hospital in critical condition, while two more were treated for less severe injuries. As of 10 p.m., all of the injured had either been upgraded to good condition or released from the hospital and allowed to go home.

Emergency crews responded to the bus stop near 47th and King Drive around 1 p.m. Monday. Officials say a car jumped a curb, striking people as they waited at a CTA bus shelter.

Officials say the car crossed two lanes of traffic for unknown reasons before slamming into the shelter. Designed to buffer the wind, the back wall ended up trapping some of the victims. Witnesses rushed to help the injured.

"It's heartbreaking," said D'Angelo Brown, who witnessed the crash. "Just random people in that bus stop."

Among the injured was a 19-year-old woman who is pregnant.

"She was laying on the bench all balled up," said Isaac Henderson, who witnessed the crash. "She was moving but in a lot of pain."

Witnesses say a 58-year-old female driver in her 50s and a passenger appeared upset and rattled after the crash. Airbags did deploy in the car, but officials have not commented on any injuries sustained by either the driver or passenger.

Some witnesses say it's lucky anyone survived the crash.

"It was scary, I'm nervous and shook up," said Patricia Yarbrough. "That could've been me."

The driver is being treated at the University of Chicago Hospital. She received an unspecified citation from Chicago police.