A firefighter stands next to the wreckage of a bus carrying 38 special-need adults that was involved in an accident with a semitrailer truck on Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway Tuesday, June 3, 2014, in Chicago. Authorities say a truck hauling paper in a dumpster lost the load, causing the semitrailer truck to swerve into the bus. the accident resulted in minor injuries and a miles-long backup of rush hour traffic and spread huge amounts of paper across five southbound lanes of the expressway. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker) ORG XMIT: ILST101
Updated: July 5, 2014 6:30AM
The outbound Dan Ryan Expressway was shut down for more than three hours during the Tuesday evening commute after a bus carrying many special-needs adults and two semi trucks collided on the South Side.
The crash happened in the soutbound lanes of Interstate 94 near 95th Street about 3:10 p.m. when a semi truck lost control and hit a concrete wall to the right of the roadway, Illinois State Police said in a news release.
The impact tore off the truck’s trailer, which hit a white full-sized school bus transporting special needs adults to a facility, according to police and Chicago Fire Media Affairs Chief Larry Langford.
The bus then veered to the left and stuck another semi truck, which ran off the roadway to the left and hit a concrete barrier, police said.
No one was seriously injured, but emergency crews called for about a dozen ambulances to take 37 people from the bus to hospitals for observation, Langford said.
All of them were in fair or good condition, Langford said.
The driver of the first semi was briefly trapped inside the truck but was not seriously injured and refused medical attention, Langford said.
All outbound lanes were shut down to traffic until 6:20 p.m. as crews cleaned up paper debris from the crash that covered the roadway, state police said.