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15 hurt in Chicago O’Hare airport bus crash

Posted at 12:33 PM, Aug 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-29 12:33:04-04

A shuttle bus crashed Friday morning at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, injuring 15 people, police said, and temporarily snarling vehicle traffic at one of the world’s busiest centers for air travel.

The bus, shuttling people between the terminals and a rental car company, was leaving Interstate 190 on a lane toward a terminal when it struck a concrete median about 6:30 a.m. CT

Fifteen people were injured and were being taken to hospitals, but the severity of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear, Chicago police spokeswoman Ana Pacheco said.

WGN reports that the driver of the bus was pinned in the wreckage and was rescued by a firefighter who was just two cars behind, on his way to work at the rescue station at O’Hare, Sampey said. Another firefighter with him helped injured passengers.

The wreck prompted the closure of some I-190 lanes and caused traffic backups on the interstate on Friday morning, WLS reported.