“Wrong Way” Semi Collides Head-On With High School Girls Basketball Team Bus

UPDATE  –  Transportation Nation Network has confirmed 2 people are dead including the driver of the semi truck. Authorities say Charles Crabtree, 72, of Normal, and the 34-year-old semi driver Ryan E. Hute, of Delmar, Iowa, were killed in the head-on crash.

At least 11 people were on-board at the time of the crash. All 11 were taken local area hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. It is believed at least 3 of them were adults.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to bring you the latest.

(Original Report Below)

Chicago, Illinois – At least one person is dead and numerous others reported injured after a semi collided head-on with a school bus transporting a high school girls basketball team in Illinois Wednesday night.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) say a semi-truck was traveling the wrong way when it smashed head-on into the Normal Community West High School freshman girls basketball team bus Wednesday night. The crash happened at approximately 8:30 p.m. along westbound I-74 between Bloomington and Downs.

Initial reports are that multiple victims who sustained life-threatening injuries have been airlifted and transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals.


ISP has confirmed one fatality thus far who is an adult, according to reports. An ISP spokesman said a crash reconstruction team is on-site and will be investigating the scene.

No cause has been given for why the semi-truck was traveling the wrong. We also do not yet know the name of the driver or the identities of the deceased and those injured.

Police say to expect I-74 westbound to experience significant delays in the overnight hours.

This is a developing story and we will bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.


Image courtesy of WMBD.


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