At least one person was killed after a double-decker Megabus crashed Thursday on a highway between Chicago and St. Louis with more than 60 people aboard, said the bus company.
Illinois State Police said the dead passenger was a woman who had been seated in the front upper section of the bus, above the driver. More than 30 people were transported to area hospitals. Authorities told ABC News that they believed the cause of the wreck was a blown tire.
The bus, which had 64 passengers listed on its manifest, according to the state police, slammed into a concrete bridge support on Interstate 55 Thursday afternoon near the town of Litchfield, Ill. The company said it was headed to St. Louis and then Kansas City.
Police said they expected the highway to remain closed until late Thursday evening and possibly into Friday morning. Thirty ambulances, five helicopters and seven fire departments were sent to the scene, the state police said.
A spokesperson for St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield told ABC News that it had received 21 patients. Three other passengers were taken to Staunton Hospital and another three to Hillsboro Hospital. In addition, some passengers were taken to Memorial Hospital in Springfield.