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.
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.”