(AP) – Officials say a packed double-decker Megabus traveling from Chicago to Kansas City with a stop in Columbia blew a tire before slamming head-on into a concrete bridge support pillar on Interstate 55, about 50 miles northeast of St. Louis.
UPDATE: There is now one confirmed fatality and at least a dozen injuries. Television helicopter footage showed numerous emergency vehicles surrounding the bus and rescue crews climbing ladders to reach inside its smashed front end. Some passengers are being tended to along the side of Interstate 55.
MegaBus spokeswoman Amanda Byers the bus was at full capacity, carrying 81 passengers when it crashed near Litchfield.