Extra Alarm EMS (PLAN III): CTA Bus Ran Off the Roadway at South Lake Shore Drive and Cermak

Chicago Fire Department responded about 5:50 p.m. Saturday for a CTA extended bus that ran off the roadway near southbound Lake Shore Drive and Cermak and hit a tree. Some fire and paramedic units were staged at 31st and Mow. Initially, the bus was reported to be fully loaded with about 50 passengers. Most of the patients were reported to have minor injuries, but a triage area was set up that could include victims with serious injuries.

Final report from fire command was declared with 72 total victims injured — three patients in need of immediate treatment, eleven victims in stable condition, and 58 ambulatory ‘walking wounded’ victims.