Interstate shut down after school bus and semi collide

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DOWNS, Ill. (WCIA) — Two people are dead and others in the hospital after a bus collision in McLean County. 

It happened around 8:30 Wednesday night on I-74 between Downs and Bloomington. Officials say a school bus carrying the Normal West JV girls basketball team collided with a semi. State police say the semi was driving the wrong way on the interstate. 

State police say Charles Crabtree, of Normal, has died. He was on the bus. The semi-truck driver, 34-year-old Ryan E. Hute, of Delmar, Iowa, died as well. He worked for Jason Farrell Trucking. He suffered multiple blunt force injuries. There’s currently no indication of a medical event prior to the crash. 

A spokesperson from OSF says the bus driver is in critical condition and the coach is in fair condition. At least seven people were taken to hospitals. Four patients taken to OSF Saint Joseph in Bloomington were treated and released. Three were taken to OSF Saint Francis in Peoria. Others are at Advocate BroMenn. 

A representative for the school district says she’s been informed all students who were transported are in stable condition. State police say eight students were on the bus at the time of the crash. They were playing at Champaign Central Wednesday night.  

Traffic is being detoured off of the westbound lane of I-74 at the Downs exit to US 150. 

Parents are being told to go to Normal West High School and not to the scene. 

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