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1 Dead, 2 Dozen Hurt in Illinois Bus Crash

Vehicle apparently blew a tire on interstate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 2, 2012 6:08 PM CDT
1 Dead, 2 Dozen Hurt in Illinois Bus Crash
In this photo from video provided by KSDK-TV NewsCenter5 in St. Louis, first responders work the scene of a charter bus crash on Interstate 55 near Litchfield, Ill.   (AP Photo/Courtesy KSDK-TV NewsCenter5 in St. Louis)

(Newser) – A packed double-decker Megabus blew a tire and slammed into a concrete bridge support pillar on an Illinois interstate today, leaving at least one person dead and more than two dozen others injured, police said. A company spokeswoman said the bus was at full capacity, carrying 81 passengers, when it crashed near Litchfield on Interstate 55. It was en route from Chicago to Kansas City.

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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 the interstate, which was shut down in both directions. At least four people were flown by helicopter to a trauma center. Another hospital treated more than 20 other patients. (Read more bus crash stories.)

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