2 killed in head-on crash with bus near Bloomington

12/06/2018, 06:33am

Two adults died Wednesday night when a school bus filled with children crashed head-on with a semi-truck in central Illinois, police said.

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.

The three adults were flown by helicopter to hospitals, and all eight girls were taken to hospitals by ambulance with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

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.

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