While traveling southbound from Chicago, a double-decker Megabus crashed into a concrete pillar of an overpass on Interstate 55 killing one woman and injuring many others. Police have indentified the deceased woman as, Aditi R. Avhad, 26, and a citizen of India.
While holding over 60 passengers, the bus apparently blew a tire causing the vehicle to swerve directly into the center pillar. The accident, which occurred around 1:20 p.m. nearly 60 miles north of St. Louis, required 30 ambulances and five medical helicopters in order to complete the rescue. “There were all sorts of injuries, extremities, leg injuries, neck injuries,” explained State Police Capt. Scott Compton. “And there were several cuts to the heads and the legs and things like that.”
Injuring nearly half the passengers, the crash has sent at least 33 people to local area hospitals police reported. Megabus’s website has issued a statement promising to make arrangements for passengers to arrive at their destinations.