The driver of a Pace bus that hit 10 other vehicles on the 900 block of Lake Street Tuesday morning has been treated and released from a hospital. Commander Len Jorgensen said the 52-year-old man tested negative for alcohol and drugs, and that preliminary tests indicated he had not suffered a heart attack.
Around 11 a.m. Tuesday, the bus driver apparently passed out as he turned east off of Forest onto Lake. Witnesses say the bus headed east on Lake for nearly a block, striking several cars before slamming off a parked pickup truck and careening across a parkway, where it struck several cars parked outside Calvary Memorial Church.
A woman passenger on the bus was not injured. The bus is owned by Pace, a division of the Regional Transportation Authority, and contracted for by Oak Park Township, which uses it to transport seniors and residents with disabilities.
Jorgensen said a complete police report on the block-long accident scene will not be available until early next week. Issuance of any traffic tickets related to the incident will depend on a final report on the driver’s medical condition. It’s not known when this report can be expected.