Two adults are dead and at least seven people are hospitalized after an accident on I-74 near mile marker 137 Wednesday night in a head-on collision involving a semi and a Normal West High School Bus carrying the Girls JV Basketball team home from a game in Champaign.
Illinois State Police says the semi was driving in the wrong lane on I-74 when it collided with the bus head-on at mile marker 137. The team was coming home from an away game in Champaign at the time of the accident.
The dead have been identified as 72-year-old Charles Crabtree of Normal, a volunteer for the team, was riding on the bus when he died. The driver of the semi, an unidentified 34-year-old man from Iowa
OSF St. Francis in Peoria tells us three adults being treated at their facility. One person is in critical condition and two are listed as serious.
OSF St. Joseph’s in Bloomington is reporting 4 patients are being treated there at this time. They are all listed in good condition.
We are also told there are some patients from this crash at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, but we have not been given a certain number of them as of yet.
Unit 5, via Facebook, is saying 11 people were on board and all of the students were taken to hospitals with non life-threatening injuries
The accident is under investigation. Police officers have a 7 mile area blocked off around the crash site.
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