Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Sport

Two dead after the crash of a semi-truck on a bus carrying a women's basketball team in Illinois

Two people were killed and nine injured on Wednesday night in Illinois when a tractor-trailer truck traveling in the wrong direction, crashed into a school bus carrying members of the Normal West High School girls' basketball team.

The video shows that the roof of the bus was partially sheared during the accident.

Horrific bus crash

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Posted by Chris Hush on Thursday December 6th, 2018

According to Tracy Lillard, spokesman for the Illinois State Police, the accident occurred at 20:32. local time on Interstate 74 heading west, near Downs, Illinois, just before the team's scheduled arrival on their return from a match at Champaign Central. Charles Crabtree, a 72-year-old man who was a volunteer with the basketball team, was killed along with the truck driver, a 34-year-old man from Iowa and that Lillard did not wanted to identify. Lillard explained that the driver did not understand why the driver was heading east on I-74 heading west, although initial reports suggested that the police had received calls warning him that a semi -Trailer was traveling in the wrong direction before the accident.

The eight students on the bus were injured and taken to hospital by ambulance, while the team coach was flown in with Crabtree and the truck driver. PSI spokeswoman said the coach – a school teacher – had been seriously injured.

Normal West Athletic manager Stan Lewis told the Pantagraph that the team was the first team in the school, although some older students got involved.

"It's our freshman team, but we only have a handful of recruits who are not up to the job," he said. "There were some JV players who went with them."

Dayna Brown, a spokeswoman for the Normal West School District, said the school would be open Thursday with on-site counselors. They were also available Wednesday night at Normal West, where parents and parents had gathered to wait for news.

"People care about each other in this school and this community, and I think they just wanted to be together during this horrible tragedy. . . . We can not thank enough this community for its support, "she told Pantagraph. "We will make sure that everyone is taken care of for everything they need tomorrow."

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