Image: Police investigate a shooting Tuesday that apparently caused a Chicago Transit Authority bus to crash
Police investigate a shooting Tuesday that apparently caused a Chicago Transit Authority bus to crash in Englewood. news services
updated 3/29/2011 9:59:29 PM ET 2011-03-30T01:59:29

Gunfire from a moving vehicle preceded a multi-car accident that sent a Chicago bus crashing into a utility pole and injured 11 people Tuesday morning, police said.

No one was shot when gunfire erupted around 9:30 a.m. on the city's South Side, Chicago police spokesman Mike Sullivan said. Two people were hospitalized in serious to critical condition, though many of the injuries were caused by shattered glass, authorities said.

Chicago police said shots were fired at a black Dodge Intrepid on the city's South Side, and those shots caused the car to hit the westbound No. 75 Chicago Transit Authority bus, which then hit a light pole.

Witnesses quoted by local media said two young men armed with AK-47s or Uzis jumped from a red truck, which followed them down the street as they shot at a black sedan.

"They got out of this red truck and started walking and shooting," Al Perkins, head cook at Ryan Anthony's restaurant in the 7400 block of South Vincennes, told the Chicago Tribune. "I think they were aiming at a black car down the block... Once they got done, they ran back to the truck."

Witnesses said the Intrepid was speeding south on Vincennes, ran a red light and slammed the westbound bus near its front door. After the incident, the car was roped off at the scene.

One injured woman was laid out in the doorway of the restaurant.

Police kept South Vincennes cordoned off while investigating the incident Tuesday morning.

The Intrepid with its front end smashed in sat, doors open, at the intersection of Vincennes and 75th, the Chicago Sun Times reported, while the bus, its front windshield shattered, sat in a nearby parking lot.

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