At least 5 injured after Near West Side hit-and-run crash causes CTA bus to hit building, police say

ByCate Cauguiran and ABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Tuesday, January 2, 2024
At least 5 injured on CTA bus in Near West Side hit-and-run crash: CPD
Occupants of a car fled on foot after crashing into a CTA bus, causing it to a hit a building Monday evening on the Near West Side, police said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- At least five people on a CTA bus were injured in a hit-and-run crash Monday evening on the Near West Side.

The crash happened around 5:37 p.m. in the 2000-block of West Washington Boulevard, in the West Town neighborhood, about a block away from the United Center.

A black Infiniti sedan disregarded a traffic signal and crashed into a CTA bus, Chicago police said.

Two people injured in the crash were taken to Stroger Hospital, initially reported to be in critical condition, Chicago fire officials said.

One person was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, initially reported to be in serious condition, CFD said. Other people at the scene refused medical treatment.

The occupants of the sedan fled the scene on foot, but at least one person was arrested by police. It was not known how many people were in the sedan.

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The CTA bus went onto the sidewalk and through a fence as a result of the crash, police said. The bus hit an apartment building, but the building was not damaged.

A fallen traffic light could be seen on top of the crashed bus.

Justin Garcia lives behind the building where the crash happened, but his car was parked just feet away from where the crash happened.

"It's not what we expected," Garcia said. 'We just were going to get pizza, come home, watch a movie and then we're like, 'Oh my God, is that bus inside of the apartment?!'"

He and his girlfriend arrived home from dinner to find out the bus narrowly missed slamming into his car.

"We went around and got inside and I saw maybe it missed by 15 feet, but yeah it was pretty close," Garcia said.

Police continue to investigate the crash.