Shuttle crashes Monday in downtown Evanston


Ghichong Lew/The Daily Northwestern

A Campus Loop shuttle crashed on Monday night shortly before 10 p.m. The vehicle hit a tree on Orrington Avenue near World of Beer.

Tyler Pager, Campus Editor

A Northwestern shuttle crashed into a tree on Orrington Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.

The accident occurred near World of Beer, 1601 Sherman Ave. Three passengers were on the Campus Loop shuttle when it crashed, but no one was injured, said Brian Peters, NU’s assistant vice president for university services. A portion of the vehicle’s front windshield was shattered.

Peters said the University contracts the shuttles from The Free Enterprise System, and the driver is not an NU employee. He said the accident would not affect the shuttle schedule moving forward. The Free Enterprise System could not be reached for comment.

Evanston police Cmdr. Joseph Dugan said the driver told police he hit a pothole at approximately 9:50 p.m. The bus jumped the curb and hit a tree. The driver, a 49-year-old man from Indiana, was issued two citations: one for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and for damage to city property. He is scheduled to appear in court May 29 at 9 a.m. in Skokie.

University Police and Evanston firefighters also responded to the crash.

This story was updated April 14 at 10:15 p.m. with information from Brian Peters and Cmdr. Joseph Dugan.

Rebecca Savransky and Ghichong Lew contributed reporting.

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