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CTA driver critically hurt after collision with police car

Updated: May 20, 2012 3:44AM

A CTA driver was critically injured and eight other people were hurt early Sunday after a bus and a Chicago Police squad car collided, leading to a chain reaction crash involving other vehicles.

The crash happened at 11 p.m. near 79th and Halsted, Gresham District police said.

A No. 8 Halsted which was headed southbound collided with the squad car heading eastbound, CTA spokeswoman Molly Sullivan said. The crash led to a chain reaction that injured people in nearby vehicles.

A total of nine people were hospitalized following the crash, including the bus driver, who was in serious-to-critical condition, Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva said.

The driver’s condition has stabilized as of early Sunday, Sullivan said.

Five other people were in fair-to-serious condition, while another person and two police officers went to area hospitals in good condition, Roccasalva said.

No passengers were on the bus at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation early Sunday.

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