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Prisoners Brawl on Transport Bus on I-94; Police Called to Escort

By Erin Meyer | October 23, 2013 6:07pm | Updated on October 23, 2013 7:01pm
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LITTLE VILLAGE — A fight broke out among prisoners on a transport bus headed to Cook County Jail Wednesday afternoon, and police were called in to help escort it safely, law enforcement sources said.

One source called the police response "huge," including closing down streets.

The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. when a bus carrying inmates from a courthouse in south suburban Markham was traveling north on Interstate 94, said Cook County Sheriff spokesman Ben Breit.

About 10 of the passengers "got involved in a scuffle" with one getting minor injuries that did not require hospitalization, Breit said.

The bus driver merged onto the Stevenson Expy. and then traveled to California Avenue and exited, the source said.

As policy, drivers are told not to stop, but "We always defer judgment to corrections officers and drivers," Breit said. 

The bus made it safely to the jail, and the fight was "neutralized," another source said.