One person killed as KC-bound Megabus crashes into Illinois bridge
LITCHFIELD, ILL. -- A double-decker Megabus bound for Kansas City blew a tire and slammed head-on into a concrete bridge support pillar on a southern Illinois interstate Thursday, leaving at least one person dead and more than two dozen others injured, officials said.
Illinois State Police Trooper Doug Francis said at least one person was killed in the afternoon wreck of the discount charter bus, which was traveling from Chicago. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the crash killed a woman sitting in the front, upper section of the bus.
At least four other people were flown by helicopter to a trauma center. Another closer hospital treated more than 20 other patients from the crash.
Numerous emergency vehicles could be seen on footage shot by a television helicopter flying above the bus, which sat with its crumpled front end smashed up against the bridge support as rescue crews climbed ladders to reach inside. Some passengers could be seen being tended to along the side of Interstate 55, which was shut down in both directions.