Megabus crashes in Indiana; Interstate shut down

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Johnson County, IN — A serious crash in Greenwood shut down I-65 Monday morning.

The crash occurred around 4:25 a.m. on I-65 northbound near mile marker 98. A Megabus bound from Atlanta for Chicago made contact with a car at the side of the road and flipped over.

According to Indiana State Police, officers were initially sent to the area for a car crash, but when they arrived on scene they also discovered the overturned bus.

“The bus was coming northbound on I-65 struck by another vehicle and the bus actually flipped over in the median as you see it right here and that’s where it hit the guard rail,” according to Battalion Chief Chris Harrell from Greenwood Fire. The guard rail “absolutely saved this bus from going into the southbound traffic.”

There were a total of 54 people on board.

Hospital officials said six people were being treated at the Level I Trauma Center at IU Health Methodist Hospital. One woman was in critical condition after her hand got stuck under the bus.

Fourteen people were taken to to Johnson Memorial Hospital and Community South Hospital with cuts and bruises.

And 35 other patients were taken as a precaution to St. Francis Hospital. Officials there said the patients were being treated mostly for cuts and bruises at the emergency room. Extra doctors have been called in to help with the influx of patients.

Police shut down all lanes of I-65 northbound and partially closed southbound lanes. By 7:30 a.m., southbound lanes were reopen. Emergency crews planned to move the bus into the median so northbound traffic could get through. The bus would then be removed after rush hour.

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