Bus In Ill. Crash Made In 2011, Inspected Days Ago [VIDEO]
The bus that slammed into an Illinois highway pillar in a crash that killed one passenger and injured dozens of others was manufactured last year and passed a maintenance check days ago.
State police are investigating reports that a blown tire caused the double-decker Megabus to crash Thursday near Litchfield, about 55 miles northeast of St. Louis.
Megabus spokeswoman Amanda Byers said Friday that the bus was made by the Belgium-based manufacturer Van Hool in 2011. She says it passed a full preventative maintenance check within the past week.
Byers says the bus driver had surgery and his injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening.
Woman who died in Megabus crash was India native
A 25-year-old passenger who died in the crash of a double-decker bus in Illinois was a native of India and a graduate student at the University of Missouri.
Aditi R. Avhad was headed to Columbia, Mo.
The school said Friday that Avhad was a graduate student in health administration from Mumbai.
Illinois State Trooper Brad Lemarr says he doesn’t know where Avhad was seated on the bus, which was traveling between Chicago and Kansas City.
Thirty-eight people were sent to hospitals with injuries. Officials say some patients were still hospitalized Friday but that no one had life-threatening injuries.
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