The Washington Post released a tragic story about a double-decker bus crashing into a bridge support pillar in Illinois. The packed Megabus blew a tire and slammed into an interstate bridge pillar, causing people to fly out of their seats, and leading to at least one person dying and over two dozen injuring themselves.
Doug Francis, an Illinois State Police trooper, confirmed that one person had died in the crash. The bus had been traveling between Chicago and Kansas City when the accident happened. He could not give any other details about the death incident.
At least four people were taken to a trauma center by helicopter, and hospitals treated more than 20 other patients from the bus crash. The bus was left smashed up against the pillar, and rescue crews climbed ladders to help those who were trapped inside. As car accident victims, they have rights to compensation. A car accident lawyer in the Chicago area can be instrumental in obtaining the compensation one deserves.
Amanda Byers, a spokeswoman for Megabus, said the bus was at full capacity, and it had 81 passengers on it when it crashed. The crash happened about 55 miles northeast of St. Louis. The bus was supposed to stop in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri, before arriving in Kansas City.
Spokesmen for Memorial Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital said that Memorial treated 6 patients and St. Francis more than twenty. The airlifted patients were treated at the trauma center at Memorial. Some of the patients at St. Francis were treated and released immediately, while others had moderate injuries, such as fractures. Brian Reardon, a spokesman for St. Francis, said two other nearby hospitals were also treating patients.
Crashes such as this one are very tragic, and they can leave a lot of people injured. If you or a loved one are involved in a similar crash, you may be eligible for compensation. Make sure you know whether you are to receive compensation for your accident, and contact a dedicated Chicago area car accident attorney today.
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