CHICAGO — At least one person was injured after a school bus crashed into a house on the city’s Northwest Side.
The accident happened around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday in the 6000 block of West Waveland. Police said a 63-year-old bus driver was traveling on Waveland when he hit a parked vehicle, a city utility pole, and crashed into a home.
There were three people on the bus at the time of the accident: the driver, a child in a wheelchair and the child’s 43-year-old female caretaker — who was transported in stable condition to Community First Hospital with neck pains. No major injuries were reported.
Homeowner Myra Rivera was working him home when she was startled by the moment of impact.
“I heard this big loud crash. It seemed like the whole house was coming down and I was afraid to look and I didn’t expect to see what I saw,” Rivera said.
When Rivera came to the front of the home with her puppy, she “saw the bus in my window.”
In shock, Rivera told WGN News that she immediately lifted her phone and called her husband.
“She called me and said, ‘There’s a school bus inside the house,’ and I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?'” said Eliot Rivera.
Watch home security video of the crash below:
“He couldn’t believe it. He said, ‘I’ll be right home,'” Myra Rivera added.
The bus plowed into an area of the home where Myra Rivera said she usually sits.
“I do sit in the chair in the front room,” she said. “I have my angels up there.”
Neighbor David Feller said he heard a bang but had no idea what happened until he came outside and realized the jig was up for his Chrysler.
“I didn’t realize my neighbors hated my car that much. I know it’s not a Mercedes and it’s a little worse for wear like me but you didn’t have to run a bus into it,” Feller joked. “Wait until I get the repair bill and interview me then.”
No citations have been issued at this time. It is unclear what exactly caused the crash to happen.