Nearly a dozen people were injured when a semi slammed into a bus and a pick up on Route 3 last evening. Granite City police say the Madison County Transit bus and the truck had stopped for a red light at Route 3 and Chain of Rocks Road yesterday in the northbound lanes when the tractor-trailer failed to slow down and hit both vehicles. Eight people were taken to area hospitals, including five passengers and the driver of the bus.
According to officials with MCT, the bus was the number 1x Riverbend Express that serves Hartford, East Alton, Alton and Godfrey and was returning from St. Louis when the crash occurred just before 7:00pm. Police say all those on the bus were taken by ambulance to Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City and all were in stable condition at last check. The driver of the pickup was taken to Alton Memorial, and was also in stable condition. The driver of the tractor trailer was airlifted by ARCH to St. Louis University Hospital, but his condition is unknown. The names of those involved have not been released.