(LITCHFIELD, Ill.) — A double-decker Megabus crashed Thursday on a highway between Chicago and St. Louis, causing more than 20 people to be hospitalized.
Illinois State Police told ABC News that they believed the cause of the wreck was a blown tire. The bus, which had 81 passengers booked on it, slammed into a concrete bridge support on Interstate 55 Thursday afternoon near the town of Litchfield, Ill. Police said they expected the highway to remain closed until late Thursday evening and possibly into Friday morning.
Tim Rowland of the Litchfield Fire Department said that 30 ambulances and seven helicopters had been sent to the scene.
A spokesperson for St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield told ABC News that it had received 21 patients. The hospital said none had life-threatening injuries.
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.
The bus, according to a Megabus spokesperson, was traveling along a route between Chicago, St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City. Litchfield, the site of the wreck, is about 55 miles north of St. Louis.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was monitoring the situation, but had yet to make a decision on whether to launch a full investigation.
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