UPDATE: Normal West team released from hospital after fatal bus crash

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NORMAL, Ill. (WEEK) — UPDATE 8:45 AM: McLean Unit 5 officials held a press conference on last night’s fatal bus crash on Interstate 74.

OSF HealthCare spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff said OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria received three patients. The driver of the semi truck was pronounced dead in the ER. Coach Steve Price suffered several broken bones, and is on the road to recovery, said the principal of Normal Community West High School in a morning press conference. Price is listed in fair condition.

The driver of the bus is in critical condition.

OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington received four students from the bus. All were treated and released. Four patients were treated and released at Advocate BroMenn in Normal last night.

UPDATE: 1:12 a.m.: State Police say a second person has died. A 34-year-old man from Iowa, who has not been identified yet.

One adult is dead, another person is in critical condition and at least seven other people are hurt after a bus carrying Normal West JV girls basketball players collided with a semi head-on while traveling on I-74 tonight, according to Illinois State Police and the McLean Co. Unit 5 school district.

An officer on the scene confirmed, 72 year old, Charles Crabtree, a volunteer with the team died as a result of that accident.

McLean County Unit 5 shared on Facebook that 11 people were on board and all of the students were taken to hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.

(Updated: 12:16 A.M.)

A bus carrying the Normal West JV High School Girls’ Basketball Team was involved in an accident Wednesday evening when authorities say it was hit head-on by a semi truck going the wrong-way .

The front end of the bus was severely damaged, appearing to be pushed back into the second row.

An officer on the scene confirmed one adult was killed, 72 year old Charles Crabtree, a volunteer with the team.

McLean County Unit 5 shared on Facebook that 11 people were on board and all of the students were taken to hospitals with non life-threatening injuries.

Courtesy: Facebook

OSF St. Francis in Peoria reported 3 adults were being treated, one in critical condition, two in serious. OSF St. Joseph’s in Bloomington was reporting 4 patients being treated, all in good condition. And, at last check, there were an unknown number of patients at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

The school’s Athletic Director confirmed the JV Girls’ Basketball Team was on their way back from an away game in Champaign.

The accident happened in the westbound lanes of I-74 near Downs in McLean County.

Illinois State Police closed off a 7-mile stretch of the westbound lanes around the crash site.

More updates to come on air and online.



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