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Wrong-way accident on Ill. interstate involves multiple vehicles

Studies by agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have indicated that accidents resulting from a driver traveling the wrong way are relatively rare. Of all the high-speed collisions that occur on divided highways across the United States, wrong-way crashes account for only about 3%. Nevertheless, they are the most likely to result in injury and death. A wrong-way accident north of Farmersville, Illinois, on Interstate 55 resulted in the deaths of two drivers and involved five vehicles altogether, one of them a Megabus carrying 54 passengers. 

A 54-year-old woman was driving southbound in a southbound lane when a northbound vehicle driven by a 36-year-old driver in the wrong lane crashed into her vehicle head-on. The force of the collision propelled the first vehicle sideways into a semi-truck and into another car, coincidentally of the same make. The Megabus then crashed into the first vehicle. 

Of the 54 passengers on the Megabus, only 5 reported injuries, and those were allegedly minor. It is unclear whether any of the bus passengers received medical treatment, but the bus driver sustained serious injuries requiring hospitalization. The two drivers involved in the initial head-on collision died at the scene. There are no reports of any further injuries or deaths. 

The crash occurred just after midnight on Sunday, and the cause is not yet clear. State authorities continue to investigate. Compensation may be available to victims of motor vehicle accidents. It may be helpful to contact an attorney who can assess the individual situation. 

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