Around 2:30 a.m. police said a shuttle bus, driven by an 80-year-old man, crashed into a light pole and concrete retaining wall near Terminal 5. Police said the driver was ejected from the bus through the windshield. The driver was taken to Lutheran General Hospital in critical condition (Darius Johnson/ABC 7 Chicago). YouTube Tips ⓘ
UPDATE … …
The driver of the O’Hare Shuttle Bus died about 12:00 p.m. Friday, September 1, 2023.
Police, firefighters and paramedics from Chicago responded about 2:17 a.m. Friday, September 1, 2023 to the block of 0 to 99 West Terminal Street (the ramp to Terminal 5) to a report of a crash involving an O’Hare International Airport Shuttle Bus.
The bus, driven by an 80-year-old male, was traveling southeast-bound at the above location when it struck a light police and concrete retaining wall. The bus driver was ejected through the windshield. After the crash, the driver was sitting up, but was seriously injured. He was transported by Chicago Fire Department paramedics to Level 1 Trauma Center Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, where he was listed in serious condition. No other injuries were reported.
The crash was located at the upper ramp servicing departures at Terminal 5, but did not obstruct access to Terminal 5. Also the crash did not affect CTA bus service.
Upper Level (Departures)
Lower Level (Arrivals)
CPD Major Accidents is investigating (16th District).
On Thursday, August 19, 2023, and oil spill from a Chicago Streets and Sanitation street sweeper caused a road closure after spinouts occurred on the re-circulator route at Terminals 1, 2, and 3 at O’Hare International were reported.
O’Hare International Airport is undergoing a decade-long transformation … see ord21.com and there is construction ongoing just north of Terminal 5 near the crash scene location.
O’Hare International Airport Terminal 5 and Concourse M is the only international terminal serving the airport. However, a new O’Hare Global Terminal that integrates domestic and international flights was scheduled to begin construction in 2023 and open in December 2028. The O’Hare Global Terminal will be located in place of Terminal 2. Two future satellite terminals — SC1 and SC2 — will be built to the west of Terminal 2 with the capacity of Terminal 2 before it is closed, and will serve travelers during the construction of the O’Hare Global Terminal.
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