2 killed in wrong-way crash involving school bus, semi near Bloomington

DOWNS, Ill. -- Authorities say a semitrailer heading the wrong way on an interstate in central Illinois collided head-on with a school bus carrying members of a high school basketball team, killing the driver of the truck and an adult on the bus.

Illinois State Police say eight girls on the bus were injured in the head-on crash Wednesday night on Interstate 74 near Downs, about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southwest of Chicago. Police say the bus driver and a coach also were injured.

Police say preliminary reports indicate the truck was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes.

Normal West High School athletic director Stan Lewis told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph the girls' team was returning from a game.

Police say 72-year-old Charles Crabtree of Normal, Illinois, was the bus passenger who died. He was a volunteer with Normal West.

The driver of the truck was identified by police as a 34-year-old man from Iowa.

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