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A traveler uses an ATM machine at O'Hare International Airport on June 17, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. / Scott Olson Getty Images

CHICAGO--Fifteen people were hospitalized Friday after a shuttle bus struck a concrete barrier near O'Hare International Airport, according to the Chicago Police Department.

The crash occurred about 6:35 a.m. when the bus hit a barrier in the westbound lanes of Interstate 190 leading into the airport, said Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago Police Department spokesman. Police did not have immediate information about the company operating the shuttle bus.

All 15 people were taken to local hospitals, and four were in serious-to- critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

"People were thrown around the bus," Fire Chief Timothy Sampey told reporters at the scene, according to the Chicago Tribune. "Some were more critical than others."

Sampey added that the driver of the bus was pinned in the wreckage and was rescued by a firefighter who was just two cars behind, on his way to work at the department's rescue station at O'Hare. Another firefighter with him helped injured passengers.



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