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McLean County, Illinois - 5 December 2018
1. Firefighters entering back of school bus
2. Wide, numerous emergency vehicles along highway
3. Emergency workers near damaged part of truck
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Trooper Matt Frizzell, Illinois State Police:
"There are several injuries. All the students were transported to local hospitals. There are patients at, in Peoria, at St. Francis and both Bloomington hospitals."
5. Wide, firefighters near fire trucks and ambulance
6. Emergency workers near damaged truck
7. Open back of school bus
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Trooper Matt Frizzell, Illinois State Police:
"It's a major collaborative effort is what I'll say. There's fire departments from all over this side of the county, police departments here. There were secondary crashes, property damage, secondary crashes that are being handled by other agencies. All police agencies, fire agencies, EMS agencies that are in this local area are really coming together on this. This is a large scene."
Authorities say a semitrailer in central Illinois has collided with a school bus carrying members of a high school basketball team.
Trooper Matt Frizzell of the Illinois State Police was at the scene and said all of the students were taken to local hospitals, adding "there are patients in Peoria, at St. Francis and both Bloomington hospitals." Details about their conditions were not immediately known.
A school district spokeswoman, Dayna Brown, told the newspaper there were 11 people on the bus. They included students who play on the Normal West High School girls' basketball team.
Normal West athletic director Stan Lewis said the team was returning from a game at a high school in Champaign.
Brown said Normal West will be open as usual Thursday, with counselors on hand.
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