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Megabus Accident Kills One Woman, Sends over 30 to Local Hospitals

A megabus crashed into a southern Illinois viaduct on Interstate 55 Thursday which killed one passenger and injured several others.

The double-decker bus, with over 70 passengers on board, was traveling southbound near Litchfield on Interstate 55 towards St. Louis. About 1:20 p.m. the bus veered over to a concrete pillar of a viaduct. The force of the impact threw passengers out of their seat. At least four passengers were trapped in their seats and had to be extricated.

One of those passengers was Aditit R. Avhad, a 25-year-old graduate student on her way to Columbia, Missouri with her parents, died as a result of the accident. Reports state that 33 people were taken to area hospitals. Two of those were flown by helicopter to hospitals in St. Louis while another three passengers were taken by helicopter to a hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

The investigation as to why the crash occurred is expected to last several weeks. Passengers reported that they heard a large bang and it is being surmised that the bus blew a tire. Witnesses have not reported erratic movement of the vehicle.

Accidents can happen in a moment’s notice and change the make-up of a family. If this has happened to someone you or a loved one knows, call Spiros Law, P.C. at Spiros Law, P.C. for professional legal representation.