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Sixteen injured in South Side accident involving CTA bus

Sixteen people were taken to area hospitals after a motorist crashed into a CTA bus on the South Side Saturday morning.

And at least one victim was seriously wounded, listed in serious or critical condition, authorities said.

The Chicago Fire Department was notified of the accident at 63rd and Throop streets at 11:18 a.m., according to Fire Media Affairs spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim.

The crash occurred when a motorist heading south on Throop Street failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a CTA bus that was heading west on 63rd Street, CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis said.

An EMS Plan I, which sends at least five ambulances to the scene, was called. Between 25 - 30 fire department personnel responded to the scene, Ahlheim said.

One person was taken in serious to critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, she said. The remaining 15 people were taken to Holy Cross and St. Bernard hospitals. Of those, three were in fair to serious condition and 12 were in good to fair condition, Ahlheim aid.

The EMS Plan was secured by about 12:05 p.m.

The CTA’s No. 63-63rd Street buses have been temporarily rerouted in both directions around the site of the accident, according to a CTA rider alert. As of about 12:40 p.m. the reroutes were still in effect, as the accident investigation was taking place.

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