BY MARLON A. WALKER and DENISE HOLLINSHED
LITCHFIELD, Ill. • Megabus officials said Friday they are working with investigators to determine whether all safety protocols were followed on a bus bound for St. Louis that was involved in a crash on Interstate 55 that killed a woman and left more than four dozen injured.
The bus bound for St. Louis that was involved in a crash on Interstate 55 had passed a full preventive maintenance check less than a week ago. Megabus spokesman Ronald Hauser would not answer whether the bus’ driver performed a pre-inspection before taking off from Chicago Thursday morning, which is required of all commercial interstate drivers by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.
The southbound bus, carrying 72 passengers and two drivers, smashed into a concrete bridge support in the median, well off the roadway, about 1:20 p.m. Firefighters used ladders to reach victims on the top level. The crash’s impact appeared to be on the bus’ left front side.