UPDATED: all students released from hospital in fatal McLean County bus crash

UPDATED: all students released from hospital in fatal McLean County bus crash

UPDATE 1:38 p.m.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood identified the semi driver as 34 year-old Ryan Hute of Delmar, Iowa. He died at the hospital at around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. An autopsy found several blunt force injuries.

UPDATE 12:22 p.m.

Normal Community West High School said all eight students have left the hospital.

UPDATE 10:07 a.m.

Unit 5 school officials in McLean County said five of the eight girls injured in last night's crash are out of the hospital.

Unit 5 superintendent Mark Daniel and Normal West High School Principal Dave Johnson spoke to the media Thursday morning.

Johnson said freshman basketball coach Steve Price suffered broken bones and will require surgery but is "on the path to recovery."

Johnson added the girls basketball team will play Thursday night, but there will be no junior varsity game.

UPDATE 9:45 a.m.

A spokeswoman for OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria and OSF St. Joseph in Bloomington reports this morning that the driver of the Unit 5 school bus remains in critical condition at OSF St. Francis in Peoria. The team's coach is listed in fair condition.

The semi driver, who was also taken to the Peoria hospital, was pronounced dead there.

Four of the students on the bus were treated and released for their injuries at OSF St. Joseph in Bloomington. None were admitted.

UPDATE 5:30 a.m.

DOWNS — A 72-year-old Normal West school volunteer has died from injuries sustained in a bus-semi accident on Interstate 74 on Wednesday night that also killed the semi-driver.

Charles Crabtree of Normal, a volunteer with the Normal Community West girls' basketball team, was killed when the bus he was in collided head-on with a semi-tractor trailer at 8:32 p.m. Wednesday night, Trooper Tracy Lillard with the Illinois State Police public information office confirmed.

The semi was traveling east in the westbound lanes near mile marker 137 and struck the school bus head on, Lillard said.

The team was returning to Normal from Champaign following a game against Champaign Central.

Eleven people were on the bus, including eight players.

"All the students that were on board the school bus were transported to a local hospital via ambulance," Lillard said. "They all had non-life-threatening injuries."

Lillard said two other adults on the bus were life-flighted from the scene with "serious" injuries. She says the driver of the semi-truck, a 34-year-old man from Iowa, also died. His name has not yet been released.

The interstate was expected to remain closed for much of the night, Lillard said.

Unit 5 school district spokeswoman Dayna Brown confirmed a school bus was involved in the crash.

She said staff was on hand at the high school to help support students and parents.

Brown said school will be in session on Thursday.

The Illinois men's and women's basketball coaches tweeted their condolences after their games on Wednesday night.

Nancy Fahey (@coachfahey) tweeted: "Keeping the Normal West community in our thoughts."

Brad Underwood (@CoachUnderwood) tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families, players and members of the Normal West community during this difficult time."

This story will be updated.

 

UPDATE 1 A.M.

DOWNS — A 72-year-old man has died from injuries sustained in a bus-semi accident on Interstate 74 on Wednesday night.

Charles Crabtree of Normal, a volunteer with the Normal Community West girls' basketball team, was killed when the bus he was in collided head-on with a semi-tractor trailer at 8:32 p.m. Wednesday night, Trooper Tracy Lillard with the Illinois State Police public information office confirmed.

The semi was traveling east in the westbound lanes near mile marker 137 and struck the school bus head on, Lillard said.

The team was returning to Normal from Champaign following a game against Champaign Central.

Eleven people were on the bus, including eight players.

"All the students that were on board the school bus were transported to a local hospital via ambulance," Lillard said. "They all had non-life-threatening injuries."

Lillard said three people, including the driver of the semi, were life-flighted from the scene with "serious" injuries, Lillard said.

The interstate is expected to remain closed for much of the night, Lillard said.

Unit 5 school district spokeswoman Dayna Brown confirmed a school bus was involved in the crash.

She said staff was on hand at the high school to help support students and parents.

Brown said school will be in session on Thursday.

The Illinois men's and women's basketball coaches tweeted their condolences after their games on Wednesday night.

Nancy Fahey (@coachfahey) tweeted: "Keeping the Normal West community in our thoughts."

Brad Underwood (@CoachUnderwood) tweeted: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families, players and members of the Normal West community during this difficult time."

This story will be updated.

 

 

UPDATE:

DOWNS — A major accident on Interstate 74, southeast of Bloomington, has resulted in one fatality, according to Illinois State Police.

The accident involving a Normal West school bus occurred at 8:32 p.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes of I-74 at mile marker 137.

According to initial reports, the Normal West freshman girls’ basketball team was on a bus that collided with another vehicle while headed home from a game in Champaign against Central High School.

Unit 5 school district director of communication Dayna Brown confirmed a school bus was involved in the crash.

According to preliminary information from police, a semi may have been headed in the wrong direction when it collided with the bus.

The Unit 5 school district was asking parents to meet at the high school.

According to the Unit 5 Facebook page, staff was on hand at the high school to help support students and parents.

"Please keep our Normal West family in your thoughts," the post said.

Other than the report of an adult fatality, little information was available on other injuries. But the Bloomington Pantagraph reported that three helicopters were dispatched to the scene and that several people were transported to hospitals in Bloomington-Normal and Peoria.

Reportedly 11 people were on the bus and all the students were transported to local hospitals for treatment for what was described as non life-threatening injuries.

Police from LeRoy, Downs and the McLean County sheriff's office were at the scene assisting state police.

Personnel from the Illinois Department of Transportation were reported headed to the scene late Wednesday night.

Police said that westbound motorists can expect significant delays.

As a result of the crash, westbound traffic is being detoured off I-74 onto U.S. 150 at Downs.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

DOWNS — A major accident on Interstate 74, southeast of Bloomington, has resulted in one fatality, according to Illinois State Police.

The accident involving a Normal West school bus occurred at 8:32 p.m. Wednesday in the westbound lanes of I-74 at mile marker 137.

According to initial reports, the Normal West junior varsity girls’ basketball team was on a bus that collided with another vehicle while headed home from a game in Champaign against Central High School.

Unit 5 school district spokeswoman Dana Brown confirmed a school bus was involved in the crash.

According to preliminary information from police, a semi may have been headed in the wrong direction when it collided with the bus.

The Unit 5 school district was asking parents to meet at the high school.

According to the Unit 5 Facebook page, staff was on hand at the high school to help support students and parents.

"Please keep our Normal West family in your thoughts," the post said.

Other than the report of an adult fatality, little information was available on other injuries. But the Bloomington Pantagraph reported that three helicopters were dispatched to the scene and that several people were transported to hospitals in Bloomington-Normal and Peoria.

Reportedly 11 people were on the bus and all the students were transported to local hospitals for treatment for what was described as non life-threatening injuries.

Police from LeRoy, Downs and the McLean County sheriff's office were at the scene assisting state police.

Personnel from the Illinois Department of Transportation were reported headed to the scene late Wednesday night.

Police said that westbound motorists can expect significant delays.

As a result of the crash, westbound traffic is being detoured off I-74 onto U.S. 150 at Downs.

 

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