Granite City, IL (KSDK) - A Madison County Transit bus collided with a semi-truck Tuesday evening. Eight people were transported to area hospitals.
According to Major Jeff Connor, a spokesman for the Granite City Police Department, the accident occurred shortly after 6:52 p.m. at the intersection of Route 3 and West Chain of Rocks Road.
Both vehicles were northbound on route 3. It appears the semi-truck ran into the back of the bus, which had been stopped at a red light. The collision caused a chain reaction crash, pushing the bus into the rear of a pickup truck stopped in front of it.
The tractor trailer then veered off, striking the overhead traffic lights before running into a ditch. The truck driver, who had to be extricated from his vehicle, was air-lifted to St. Louis University Hospital. His condition remains unknown.
The driver and five bus riders, six people in all, were sent to Gateway Regional Medical Center for minor to moderate injuries.
The pick-up truck driver was taken to Alton Hospital in stable condition.
Businesses at the intersection lost power at about 8:15 p.m., when utility company officials cut power to remove a utility pole that was leaning against power lines.
A Hardee's and a Waffle House restaurant are located at the intersection.