Bus carrying girls high school team and semi hit head-on, killing at least 2
MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (CBSNews) -- At least two people -- both adults -- were dead after a bus carrying the Normal Community West High School Junior Varsity girls basketball team collided head-on with a semi-tractor trailer in central Illinois Wednesday night, reports CBS Peoria affiliate WMBD-TV.
Illinois State Police said the semi was traveling in the wrong direction when the crash occurred on I-74 between Bloomington and Downs.
They said the truck's 34-year-old driver was killed.
The McLean County Unit 5 School District and state police said there were 11 people on the bus. One, a 72-year-old team volunteer, was killed. Eight students were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Two other adults from the bus were airlifted to hospitals.
Westbound lanes of I-74 near Downs were closed.
Parents were being advised to go to Normal West High School and not to the scene.
A Facebook post from Unit 5 says, "Staff is on hand at the school to help support students and parents. Please keep our Normal West family in your thoughts."
WBMD said team was returning from a game at Champaign Central.