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The crash happened about 8:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-74 near mile marker 137, just south of Bloomington, police said.
A preliminary report states the semi-truck was traveling the wrong way in the westbound lanes when it struck the bus, which contained eight girls and three adults, according to police.
The deceased included the 34-year-old driver of the semi and a 72-year-old man on the bus, Illinois State police said in a statement.
Police identified the man who died on the bus as Charles Crabtreet, 72, of Normal. The identity of the deceased semi-truck driver was held pending notification of family.