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2 Killed In Head-On Crash With Bus Near Bloomington

December 05, 2018 - 10:09 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Two adults died Wednesday night when a school bus with a girls' basketball team aboard crashed head-on with a semi-truck near Bloomington in central Illinois, police said.

The bus was carrying the Normal West High School junior varsity girls’ basketball team, according to a report from WEEK, citing the school’s athletic director. The team was returning from an away game in Champaign.

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 Crabtree, 72, of Normal. The identity of the deceased semi-truck driver was held pending notification of family.

A section of the interstate was shut down and traffic was being detoured as authorities investigated. There were no specifics on injuries.

No additional information was available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.