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CTA Bus Crashes Into KFC On Western Avenue On Near West Side

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A Chicago Transit Authority bus crashed into a Kentucky Fried Chicken on Western Avenue in the Near West Side's Tri-Taylor community late Friday.

As CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reported, a tow truck was at the scene by 10 p.m. to haul away the wrecked bus.

At 7:17 p.m., the bus jumped the curb on Western Avenue, plowed over a street sign, and then crashed into the KFC at 1144 S. Western Ave., right off Roosevelt Road. The bus dented the back wall of the KFC, but did not break through.

Police said the CTA bus driver experienced a medical emergency and lost control of the bus. The front of the bus was totaled.

The restaurant was open at the time, and the driver-through remained open after the accident.

The bus driver was taken to an area hospital in an unknown condition.

No citations were issued.

The bus also hit a bike, but missed light poles and trees along the side of the street.

It was not clear late Friday how many people, if any, were on the bus. No one else was injured besides the driver.

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