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23 Hurt In Pace Bus Crash On West Side

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Twenty-three people were taken to area hospitals Tuesday afternoon after a Pace bus crashed in the Austin neighborhood.

Firefighters and paramedics responded at about 4 p.m. for a bus accident at Mayfield Avenue and Corcoran Place, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Pace spokesman Patrick Wilmot said a vehicle struck a Pace bus making a right turn from Corcoran Place onto Mayfield Avenue about 4 p.m. and 23 people on board requested to go to the hospital.

“It was a real low-speed collision,” Wilmot said.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening. Fifteen victims were in fair condition and eight were in good condition, according to the Fire Department.

Wilmot described the crash as a fender-bender and said the damage was primarily scratches, paint transfer and a broken headlight. Police News Affairs Officer Darryl Baety said the crash is being classified as property damage only.

Initially, everyone on the bus said they were fine, but when the first ambulance arrived people decided they wanted to be checked out, Wilmot said.

The fire department said all the patients were stable about 4:30 p.m. Wilmot confirmed none of the injuries were life-threatening.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

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