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Teen Killed After Chicago Bus Accident

The Chicago Tribune this morning is reporting on a car accident that took the life of an area teen and critically injured others.

The Dan Ryan Expressway was closed for several hours yesterday after a deadly accident involving a stalled school bus and a car. The Chicago car accident occurred inbound on the expressway, near 75th street. A school bus without any students on board was stalled in the left lane and shoulder. Around 2:20 in the afternoon a car apparently failed to notice the stopped bus. The vehicle was driven by a 17-year old and carrying two children, ages 8 and 9. The impact was so strong that the car became partially wedged underneath the bus.

The damage to the car was severe. The bus driver was uninjured, but the young car driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency crews were forced to use heavy tools to extract the two children from the vehicle. They were rushed to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The expressway was shut down for several hours while clean-up and accident reconstruction occurred.

Our Chicago car crash lawyers at Levin & Perconti send sincere condolences to all those suffering following this crash. Highway accidents involve high speed and consequently include more catastrophic injury. It is important to ensure that all accidents are properly investigated to discover the causes leading up to them. For example, it is important to understand whether anything could have been done by the stalled school bus driver to have moved the vehicle out of harms way to otherwise limit the risk of collision. Also, it is necessary to understand how the young driver failed to see the stalled vehicle or steer into the back of it.

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