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3 killed in Greyhound crash near Highland

UPDATED: 

This article has been updated to include the names of the deceased. 

Times-Tribune staff 

Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn on Thursday provided names of the people killed Wednesday in a crash involving a Greyhound Bus and several commercial vehicles on Interstate 70 near Highland. 

Those killed in the crash were: Bradley D. Donovan, 47, of Springfield, Ill.; Buford Paya, 71 of Supai, Ariz.; and Juan E. Vasquez-Rodriguez, 34, of Passaic, NJ, according to a coroner’s news release. 

All three victims died of blunt trauma and related injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene within minutes of each other between 3:15 a.m. and 3:20 a.m. Wednesday. 

Nonn stated in the release a final cause of death is pending routine toxicological testing for drugs and alcohol.

EARLIER

Three people were killed early Wednesday in a crash involving a Greyhound Bus and several commercial vehicles on Interstate-70 near Highland. 

Illinois State Police report the crash happened about 1:54 a.m. at the exit ramp to the Silver Lake Interstate 70 westbound rest area. In addition to the three deaths, 14 people were also transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries. 

According to the ISP release, the Greyhound bus was traveling westbound on the Interstate when it struck three commercial motor vehicles parked on the exit ramp to the rest area. No one in the commercial motor vehicles was injured.

Westbound lanes were reopened to traffic about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the release. The rest area was also closed for a time, but has now reopened. 

The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and Illinois State Police. 

 

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