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Bus crashes on way to family reunion, 36 taken to hospitals

SALEM, IL (AP/KFVS) -

Authorities in Marion County say 36 people have been taken to a hospital following a charter bus crash.

The bus reportedly ran off the northbound lanes of Interstate 57 Friday evening.

Police in Salem say the bus driver lost control after a tire blew out. The bus then went off the interstate and slammed into a tree 6.5 miles north of Salem.

Authorities say the bus was operated by Williams Tours of Canton, Mississippi. It was transporting a large family from Canton to Chicago for a family reunion.

One passenger was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital with serious injuries.

Others among the 44 passengers onboard were taken to Salem Township Hospital for treatment.

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