Home / National News / Megabus Crash in Illinois: At Least 1 Dead, 20 Injured


(LITCHFIELD, Ill.) — At least one person was killed after a double-decker Megabus crashed Thursday on a highway between Chicago and St. Louis, said the bus company. Authorities said more than 20 people were hospitalized.

Illinois State Police told ABC News that they believed the cause of the wreck was a blown tire.

The bus, which had 81 passengers booked on it, slammed into a concrete bridge support on Interstate 55 Thursday afternoon near the town of Litchfield, Ill.

Police said they expected the highway to remain closed until late Thursday evening and possibly into Friday morning.

video platform video management video solutions video player

Tim Rowland of the Litchfield Fire Department said that 30 ambulances and seven helicopters had been sent to the scene.

A spokesperson for St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield told ABC News that it had received 21 patients. The hospital said none had life-threatening injuries.

Three other passengers were taken to Staunton Hospital and another three to Hillsboro Hospital. In addition, some passengers were taken to Memorial Hospital in Springfield.

The bus, according to a Megabus spokesperson, was traveling along a route between Chicago, St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City. Litchfield, the site of the wreck, is about 55 miles north of St. Louis.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it was monitoring the situation, but had yet to make a decision on whether to launch a full investigation.

In a statement, Megabus said: “Safety remains our number one priority. The thoughts and prayers of our entire staff go out to the passengers involved. Megabus.com will continue to provide more details as they become available.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Recent posts in National News