By Justine Espersen
ST. LOUIS – At least 18 ambulances and six helicopters rushed to the scene of a double-decker Megabus that crashed into a concrete pillar near Litchfield, Ill. on Interstate 55 Thursday afternoon.
Several people were injured while the bus blew out a tire, slamming into a concrete pillar supporting an I-55 overpass near mile marker 57. St. Francis Hospital of Litchfield, Ill. received nine patients from the crash, with several more on their way by ambulance, according to Channel 5 News KSDK. Additionally, Memorial Hospital of Springfield, Ill. received two patients, with several more passengers expected by helicopter. Sue Campbell of Memorial Hospital said none of the injuries were considered life threatening, according to Channel 4 NewsKMOV.
The bus was on its way from Chicago to St. Louis and then scheduled for Kansas City. According to The Chicago Tribune, the Litchfield School District sent three school buses to transport uninjured passengers to the community center of Litchfield. Litchfield, Ill. is located 55 miles northeast of St. Louis.