UPDATE 8:45 AM: McLean Unit 5 officials held a press conference on last night’s fatal bus crash on Interstate 74.
OSF HealthCare spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff said OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria received three patients. The driver of the semi truck was pronounced dead in the ER. Coach Steve Price suffered several broken bones, and is on the road to recovery, said the principal of Normal Community West High School in a morning press conference. Price is listed in fair condition.
The driver of the bus is in critical condition.
OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington received four students from the bus. All were treated and released. Four patients were treated and released at Advocate BroMenn in Normal last night.
UPDATE: Thursday, 1:12 a.m.: State Police say a second person has died. A 34-year-old man from Iowa, who has not been identified yet.
Thursday 12:16 a.m.: One adult is dead, another person is in critical condition and at least seven other people are hurt after a bus carrying Normal West JV girls basketball players collided with a semi head-on while traveling on I-74 tonight, according to Illinois State Police and the McLean Co. Unit 5 school district.
An officer on the scene confirmed, 72 year old, Charles Crabtree, a volunteer with the team died as a result of that accident.
McLean County Unit 5 shared on Facebook that 11 people were on board and all of the students were taken to hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.
Four of the victims were taken to OSF St. Francis in Peoria – one of them in critical condition, two in serious condition. Four more went to OSF St. Joseph, and they are in good condition. An unknown number of people were taken to Advocate Bromenn. We do not know their names or how many of them were students.
Parents were encouraged to go to the high school to wait for updates.
ISP could not say how the crash happened, only that the semi appeared to be traveling the wrong way.
The accident happened on I-74 going westbound near mile marker 136. The JV Basketball team was traveling back from a game in Champaign.
Investigators have a seven mile stretch of the highway closed.