(Image source: WREG)
BY FERDOUS AL-FARUQUE
A double-decker Megabus crashed into a concrete pillar Thursday afternoon just north of St. Louis. The crash killed at least one passenger and injured more than two-dozen, according to state police. Memphis-based WREG had this report:
WREG: “We’re told the bus blew a tire in Litchfield, Ill., went off the interstate and hit a concrete bridge. One person has died, several others were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.”
KSDK in St. Louis is reporting the woman who died in the double-decker crash was sitting above the driver at the time of the accident.
The bus was St. Louis-bound from Chicago and would have continued to Kansas City. NBC reports though 81 tickets had been sold only 64 passengers were on the manifest according to state troopers.
The Chicago Tribune also reports 30 ambulances and five medical helicopters responded to accident, and goes on to say that upon word of the crash, the Litchfield school district dispatched school buses to aid in rescue efforts; transporting 36 of the passengers to a nearby community center.
Unfortunately, as YNN points out this isn’t the only Megabus crash in recent years.
YNN: “It was only 2 years ago that a Megabus crashed just outside of Syracuse killing four people and injuring several others. That crash happened during the overnight hours.”
The Syracuse crash happened when the bus hit a low bridge.
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