Rockford Scanner™: Fatal School Bus Accident In Illinois

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The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State Police

WHAT: 2 Unit Fatal Traffic Crash
WHERE: I-74 Westbound at MP 137
WHEN: 12/5/2018 at 8:32 p.m.
VEHICLES: Unit 1- Blue 2010 Kenworth Truck Tractor Semi-Trailer
Unit 2- School Bus
DRIVERS: Unit 1- Male, 34, Iowa (deceased)
Unit 2- Male, IL
PASSENGER: Unit 2- Charles Crabtree, Male, 72, Normal, IL (deceased)
Unit 2- Male, IL
Unit 2- Eight female passengers, juveniles, IL
PRELIMINARY: Illinois State Police District 6 are currently on scene of a two-unit fatal traffic crash on I-74 westbound at MP 137. Preliminary reports indicate Unit 1 was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes on I-74. Unit 2 was traveling westbound at the same location. Unit 1 struck Unit 2 head-on. Unit 2 was loaded with passengers. There is currently one confirmed fatality on the bus.
Due to the traffic crash investigation, westbound lanes are closed at this location. Westbound traffic is being rerouted at Downs, IL. The traffic crash is currently under investigation by Traffic Crash Reconstruction Officers and Commercial Motor Vehicle Officers. Zone 5 Investigations are on scene at local area hospitals.

Three adults were transported via helicopter to area hospitals. All female passengers were transported via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Next of kin notifications are pending for the driver of Unit 1.
Additional updates will be given tomorrow morning.