LITCHFIELD, Ill. — The media reported that a Megabus traveling from Chicago, Illinois on Thursday, August 3, on its way to Kansas City, Missouri slammed into a bridge support pillar on the southbound I-55 in Illinois. The impact of the accident was so strong that it tossed a 16-year old passenger Baysha Collins from the upper-level seat where she was resting to a stairway leading to the lower level.
The bus was completely damaged to the point where emergency crews had to use ladders to rescue passengers who were trapped inside. Officials report that at least one passenger was killed and dozens of others were hospitalized following the Thursday crash, authorities said.
“There was a lot of screaming and crying,” said Collins, of Minneapolis, who was on her way to St. Louis to visit relatives. “There was blood everywhere. I was just in shock.”
State Trooper Doug Francis said that at least 38 people – nearly half of those on the bus – were taken to hospitals and at least five who were transported by helicopter.
Illinois State Police Trooper Brad Lemarr said late Thursday that a 25-year old female passenger who was a native of India was killed in the accident. Lemarr said she was headed to Columbia, Mo., but he didn’t know where she was currently living or from where she was traveling.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that Megabus did better than the national average on inspections and in safety rankings during the 24-month period that ended Wednesday. Megabus had three other crashes in 2011 in which one person died in each wreck, according to federal records. No other details were immediately available.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.
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