Crash Halts Dan Ryan Traffic For Hours
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(CBS) –A multi-vehicle accident shut down the outbound lanes of the Dan Ryan Expressway Tuesday afternoon.
It all started with a chain reaction crash involving a truck hauling paper which plowed into a school bus carrying special needs adults.
When it was all over, there was paper everywhere, there was a back-up for miles and one big mess to clean up.
The accident happened at about 3:10 p.m. near 95th Street and the southbound lanes were closed until 6:20 p.m.
According to the Chicago Fire Department, 37 special-needs adults were on the bus and all are being transferred to hospitals as a precaution and none of the injuries are considered major. The truck driver refused treatment.
The bus was headed from an adult daycare facility in Pilsen to a destination in Robbins.
Many drivers were stuck
“Man, it’s kinda messed up man. You gotta re-route all this traffic,” said Shawn Lee.
Crews used front-loaders, brooms and even rakes to clear all of the spilled paper from the roadway so that the lanes could be reopened.
A dump truck driver involved in the crash has been cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, operating unsafe equipment and spilling load on roadway.