Casino Tour Bus Collision on Ryan Express Way Sends 20 to Hospitals

June 6, 2011

Casino Tour Bus Collision on Ryan Express Way Sends 20 to Hospitals

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A collision involving a casino tour bus and two other vehicles on the Dan Ryan Expressway, a busy expressway near downtown Chicago temporarily halted all northbound traffic on the highway on Sunday, an emergency official said.
The bus, operated by Royal Excursion out of Mishawaka, Ind., was returning to Chinatown from Gary’s Majestic Star Casino, firefighters said.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor said following the crash on the northbound lanes Paramedics took 20 people to local hospitals. 8 were in good condition

12 were in fair condition while another 31 people on the bus refused treatment.

The spokesman said the damage to both vehicles was minor and that traffic on the expressway resumed shortly after 7 p.m.

The crash comes less than a week after a tour bus crash on a Virginia highway killed four people and sent more than 50 others to hospitals. Its driver has been charged with involuntary manslaughter .

A bus crash in New York City in March also left 15 people dead.

Days before the Virginia accident, the Department of Transportation announced that a crackdown on passenger buses conducted in the first two weeks of May put 127 drivers and 315 vehicles out-of-service after over 3,000 unannounced inspections.

“Safety is our number one priority,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement last week. “We will use every resource at our disposal to pursue and remove from our roads unsafe, reckless bus companies.”

Publisher: Salient News