Two people were injured Tuesday after a double-decker Megabus failed to slow for traffic that had stopped on toll road I-90 in Hammond, Ind., for an earlier crash. Tuesday’s crash was the second time in December that a Megabus crashed in Indiana.
Late Tuesday morning, a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Emma Hartman of Glenview, Ind., crossed from the eastbound to the westbound lanes of the toll road and into the path of a tractor trailer. Ms. Hartman, who reportedly had been texting when she lost control of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The crash backed up traffic, which was still backed up on the toll road when a Megabus traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago plowed into the stopped traffic.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Megabus first crashed into the left-rear side of a Honda Pilot, which spun out of the way. The bus then crashed into the back of a Kia four-door that spun out and slammed into the right barrier wall.
A couple from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who were traveling in the Kia, were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Megabus, carrying 80 passengers at the time, then struck a Chevy Equinox, driving it into the back of a Subaru Outback. Fortunately nobody else in the bus or other vehicles was injured.
Some Megabus passengers told Chicago’s ABC 7 Eyewitness News that they felt no braking before their bus struck the line of traffic.
The crash occurred less than two weeks after two dozen people were injured in a double-decker Megabus crash south of Indianapolis.
This week a Georgia woman who was injured on that bus filed the first lawsuit against Megbus, alleging the vehicle was driving too fast for the icy road conditions. The bus, traveling from Chicago to Atlanta, toppled over on I-65 on Dec. 20.