Megabus Reaches $5.1 Million Settlement In Fatal Chicago Accident

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Posted on 8th August 2012 by gjohnson in Uncategorized

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There is a bit of sad irony here.

Just one day after a 76-year-old woman was struck and killed by a Megabus in Chicago, the bus operator signed off on a $5.1 million settlement of a lawsuit stemming from a similar fatal accident, according to The Chicago Tribune.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-megabus-strikes-pedestrian-20120809,0,2998724.story

Donna Halstead, a retired Illinois Supreme Court secretary, was killed Tuesday as she was crossing Adams and Canal streets near Union Station, The Tribune reported. Halstead was knocked down to the ground by the Megabus’s mirror in a mishap not far from her apartment.

Just a few blocks away, in a crosswalk at Adams and Desplaines streets, Wesley Krueger was killed when a Megabus hit him, according to The Tribune. That accident took place Feb. 23, 2010.

On Wednesday Krueger’s family and Megabus reached a $5.1 million settlement of a lawsuit brought by the survivors, The Tribune reported. Megabus did not admit any wrongdoing.

The Chicago newspaper noted that there were a number of similarities between Halstead and Krueger’s deaths.

“Both incidents occurred late on a Tuesday afternoon along Adams Street, near where Megabus picks up passengers on the side of the road,” The Tribune said. “In both cases the buses were making left turns and the drivers were ticketed.”

There have been several Megabus accidents recently. Last week a Megabus traveling from Chicago to Kansas City crashed near St, Louis. A University of Missouri graduate student died in that accident, which was blamed on a tire blowing out.

And on Wednesday a Megabus traveling from Atlanta to Chicago went on fire, another incident that authorities are blaming on a blown tire.