CTA bus crash today: At least 5 people taken to hospital after bus hits building and cars near 35th Halsted in Bridgeport | Video

CHICAGO (WLS) — A CTA bus struck several cars Monday on the city’s South Side.

The crash happened at the intersection of 35th and Halsted streets in Bridgeport shortly after 10:40 a.m., Chicago police said.

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The bus involved in the accident was number 1, northbound. 8 Halsted Bus, according to the CTA.

Surveillance video from the scene shows the out-of-control bus also hit a building before crashing into the cars.

CPD said a total of 11 vehicles were involved in the crash.

At least five people had to be hospitalized.

The Chicago Fire Department said two children were taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition, one adult was taken to Insight Hospital in fair condition and two adults were taken to Chicago Medical Center. University of Chicago in serious to critical condition.

“I was going south; the bus was going north, and I saw it swerve and I jumped onto the sidewalk,” said crash victim Jonetta Jones. “When I jumped the curb, I saw other cars. It was crazy, like something out of a movie, unbelievable. Thank God it wasn’t too bad.”

Jones managed to avoid the bus, but others weren’t so lucky.

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Jones’ 10-year-old grandson ran to help a family whose car had been dragged by the bus.

“One of them had a scratch on her neck and she said: if you keep moving it will hurt more. So don’t touch it or move it. So after that the police came .It was a big mess,” said accident victim Montclair Jones.

The mayhem included much more than destroyed vehicles.

“We just saw all the bricks, the light poles, the pay stations, everything that was taken out on that whole street,” said witness Courtney Popek.

“I was in my apartment and I heard a loud noise, I assumed it was the bus hitting the building,” witness Keenan Slade said.

With its windshield destroyed, the bus came to a stop about half a block north of 35th Street, while dragging a parking terminal below it. A witness said it appeared the driver might have suffered a medical condition.

“The bus driver looked like an old man and I saw him examining himself and his body. He looked like he was scared, like something had happened to him,” said witness Ahmad Mumni.

The CTA did not immediately provide additional information on the causes of the accident or the condition of the driver.

Roads in the area had reopened around 4 p.m. and bus lines were interrupted.

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