15 injured when wrong-way minivan hits CTA bus in Austin

One person was taken to a hospital in serious-to-critical condition, officials said.

SHARE 15 injured when wrong-way minivan hits CTA bus in Austin
A Honda minivan going the wrong way on Lorel Avenue crashed into a CTA bus Feb. 7, 2020, at the corner Chicago Avenue in Austin.

A Honda minivan going the wrong way on Lorel Avenue crashed into a CTA bus Feb. 7, 2020, at the corner Chicago Avenue in Austin.

Carly Behm/Sun-Times

More than a dozen people were injured when a minivan going the wrong way on a one-way street hit a CTA bus Friday in Austin on the West Side.

The crash happened about 7:40 p.m. in the 5300 block of West Chicago Avenue when a Honda minivan northbound on Lorel Avenue struck the bus at the intersection, Chicago police said. Lorel is a one-way street that runs south.

The driver of the minivan fled, police said.

Fifteen passengers were taken to hospitals with “varying injuries,” police and Chicago Fire Department officials said.

One person was in serious-to-critical condition, while another was listed in fair-to-serious condition, the fire department said. Thirteen others were in good-to-fair condition.

Police said the injuries were not life-threatening.

No one is in custody as police continue to investigate.

The Latest
After the GOP candidate for governor again ripped the city, where over one fifth of the state’s residents live, Mayor Lightfoot snapped back on Twitter.
Danny Golden was released a month after the Beverly shooting that left him paralyzed. He was greeted by cheers from dozens of supporters and loved ones.
Bears football is back, Chicagoans enjoy the dog days of summer and the Blue Angels ready for the Air and Water Show in our best unseen photos from the last week.
In a 5-2 decision, the board voted to dismiss Chicago police officer Louis Garcia for his actions on May 31, 2019, when Garcia and his partner arrested a man at a bus stop in the 9700 block of South Commercial Avenue.