Impact: Double-Decker Megabus from Chicago crashes into I-55 overpass [VIDEO] image

A double-decker Megabus crashed into a concrete pillar supporting an overpass on I-55 in southern Illinois on Thursday. The bus was on its way to St. Louis from Chicago on Thursday afternoon when it crashed.

St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Illinois said they have received nine patients from the crash and additional ambulances are enroute.

At least 18 ambulances and several helicopters  30 ambulances and 10 medical helicopters responded to the scene. The front end of the bus is significantly damaged and the crash shut down the interstate in both directions.
State police said the bus had a flat tire and lost control.

I-55 was shut down in both directions from the Carlinville exit to the Litchfield exit.

Update1: Passenger says he “heard the tire blow out” followed by crash. Says bus was nearly full of passengers.

Update2: 81 people had tickets for the trip.

Update3: At least 20 injured as charter bus crashes in Illinois – NBC

Update4: Illinois State Police Trooper Doug Francis said he could not confirm any deaths or the number of injuries about two hours after the crash of the discount charter bus.

Update5: About 36 passengers from the bus were taken on two school buses from the crash site to the community center in Litchfield, said Janis Johns, transportation director of Litchfield Community Unit School District 12.

Update6: At 3:45 p.m., state police said the interstate could remain closed for up to four hours more.