At least three people were killed and 14 others injured in a road accident involving a Greyhound bus and three other vehicles in Madison County in southern Illinois, police said on Wednesday, local US media reported.
According to the police statement, “The preliminary investigation indicates that a Greyhound passenger bus with passengers traveling westbound on Interstate 70 collided with three commercial motor vehicles parked on the exit ramp of the Silver Lake Interstate 70 westbound rest area.” hit.”
No one in the other vehicles was injured, the statement said. The accident happened just before 2 a.m. in Madison County.
Police said: “A Greyhound bus struck three commercial vehicles parked on the Interstate 70 exit ramp overnight.”
“Three people are confirmed dead and several others were taken to hospital with serious injuries, four were taken by helicopter and at least 10 by ambulance,” the statement said.
Four of the injured were taken by helicopter to hospital and the others were taken by ambulance.
Greyhound told CBS News The bus was traveling from Indianapolis to St. Louis and the driver was one of those hospitalized.
Greyhound spokeswoman Lourdes Brown said, “Our primary concern at this time is ensuring the care of our passengers and driver. We are working closely with local authorities and a relief bus for passengers is on the way.”
State police said the accident shut down westbound traffic on I-70, but later reopened one lane between mileposts 28 and 24.
State Police Trooper Josh Korando said the westbound rest area exit ramp is closed but other lanes have reopened.