Guards, inmates injured in prison bus crash Sunday morning

Posted on: 11:46 am, December 15, 2013, by , updated on: 07:26pm, December 15, 2013

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KPLR)- A federal prison bus crash temporarily shut down Interstate 64 near Scott Air Force Base Sunday morning. The crash happened around 4:50am near Route 158.

The Illinois State Police confirm that the bus was traveling west on I-64, crossed the center median, and crashed into the eastbound lanes.  The prison transport started its journey in Kentucky heading to Jefferson City, MO.

All on board, nine inmates and four guards, were injured and taken to area hospitals.  One of the guards needed to be airlifted to a St. Louis hospital.  Three other guards were transported to Memorial Hospital in Belleville. Five inmates have now been transferred to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for additional check up and four have been transferred to the St. Clair County Jail for lock up. State troopers are guarding the inmates at the hospitals.

I-64 reopened around 8:30am.