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CTA bus crash injures at least 15 in River West

Chicago Avenue buses are temporarily rerouted

A CTA bus and black Mercedes sedan crashed in the River West neighborhood sending at least 15 people to nearby hospitals on Wednesday, according to officials.

The two men in the sedan were both in serious condition and transported to Northwestern Hospital, according to the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago police. The 13 other people were in fair-to-serious conditions and taken to nearby hospitals. One person refused to be taken to the hospital. While ages and genders were not available, no elderly or children were involved.

The sedan was driving eastbound on Chicago Avenue at 1:47 p.m. when it collided with a CTA bus heading west, according to police. The impact resulted in the bus hitting a pole. Police said the driver of the sedan had hit a patch of ice.

Chicago Avenue buses are currently delayed and rerouted around the crash, according to the Chicago Transit Authority. Eastbound buses will take Chicago, Milwaukee, Grand, Halsted and then Chicago. Westbound buses will take Halsted, Grand, Green, Milwaukee and then Chicago. Follow the agency on Twitter for updates.

After freezing rain and temperatures quickly falling, the National Weather Service in Chicago warned the weather would hazardous road conditions. It will be dangerously cold tonight—temperatures dropping to zero—possibly creating conditions for more ice.

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