- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CHICAGO (AP) — A truck driver was cited for negligent driving after his semitrailer rammed into a Chicago Transit Authority train station, killing two women and injuring 21 other people.

Donald Wells received the traffic ticket on Sunday, police said. The investigation of the crash was ongoing, police said. The violation carries a maximum fine of $100, police said. Mr. Wells is due in court June 10.

His rig crashed during the Friday afternoon rush hour at the Cermak stop, which serves the city’s Chinatown neighborhood south of downtown.

Most of the 21 injured had been in the bus shelter underneath the elevated train or in the stairwell, fire department spokeswoman Eve Rodriguez said. At least two people remained hospitalized yesterday at Mount Sinai Hospital, and all were reported in good condition.

Elosia Guerrero, 47, and Delisia Brown, 18, died at the scene, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. At least three people remained hospitalized Sunday at Mount Sinai Hospital, and all were in fair condition.

Mr. Wells, of Metamora, Mich., was briefly hospitalized after his truck swerved off an expressway. Police said a blood alcohol test administered at the hospital was negative.

A message seeking comment was left yesterday at a telephone listing for Wells in Michigan. Police said Mr. Wells is 64 years old, not 51 as previously reported.

The crash was captured by at least one surveillance camera, transit authority spokeswoman Noelle Gaffney said. The footage was turned over to police.

The Secretary of State’s Office has no record of previous traffic violations by Mr. Wells in Illinois, agency spokesman Dave Drucker said. Michigan authorities also had no record of violations.

The truck was operated by Plymouth, Mich.-based Whiteline Express Ltd., the company confirmed. A company spokeswoman declined to comment.

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