Chicago’s Travel Agency has announced plans to close its operations due to a rise in fatal accidents at the company’s Chicago office, which have resulted in more than 50 deaths.
The company will be taking over operations of the company in the coming weeks, a spokesman said in a statement.
The spokesperson declined to elaborate.
Chicago Tribune reports the city’s Office of the Mayor said in March that the company had about 7,000 drivers on the payroll, a number that has increased by nearly 50 percent since 2014.
Travel agents in the city have also reported a surge in traffic incidents and deaths, the newspaper reported.
In a statement, the company said it is committed to providing safe, affordable travel for all customers and has worked to reduce the number of injuries that occur at its Chicago office.
Travel agencies have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, as companies like JetBlue, American Airlines and Delta have taken a hard line against passengers who go to certain airports or airports that have a high number.
The industry has been criticized for not following strict safety protocols in the face of these injuries.