A bus crash at the Chicago O’Hare Airport Friday morning injured at least 15 people.
The crash happened around 6:35 a.m. when a shuttle bus hit a barrier in the westbound lanes of Interstate 190 leading into the airport, just before Terminal 1, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police Department spokesman.
“The bus appeared to just come to a sudden stop; unknown as to why. That’s under investigation,” Fire Department District Chief Tim Sampey said.
Fire Chief Timothy Sampey said the driver of the bus was pinned in during the crash.
Two firefighters happened to be behind the bus in separate vehicles, and witnessed the crash. One of the firefighters grabbed a hammer from his car and broke a window on the bus to get to the driver, reported CBS Chicago. The firefighter and an airport employee who arrived at the scene helped get the driver out of the bus while the other firefighter boarded the bus and began triage on the injured passengers.
The I-190 entrance to O’Hare was closed while emergency crews helped all of the passengers get off the bus. By 8:30 a.m., all lanes were reopened.
At least 14 ambulances were called to the scene and victims were reported to be taken to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, Swedish Covenant Hospital, and Loyola University Medical Center.
Fire officials said four people were transported in critical condition, five in fair-to-serious condition, four in good condition and two people refused treatment.
Officials said the cause of the crash was under investigation.
Bus Accident Near O’Hare Airport
Fire Chief Timothy Sampey provides the latest on a shuttle bus crash near O’Hare Airport. The bus crashed into a median around 6:30 a.m. just before Terminal 1.