QUINCY — Four people died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon that closed U.S. 24 for several hours between North 60th Street and Ill. 96.
Illinois State Police District 20 reports a 2007 Chevrolet 15-passenger bus driven by Gay L. Ivey, 57 of Perry, was eastbound on U.S. 24, approximately one-half mile east of Ill. 96, at 3:29 p.m. and a 1996 Freightliner four-axle truck driven by Parker A. Fuller, 20, of Ursa was westbound on U.S. 24 at the same location.
ISP said the bus crossed the center line and collided head-on with the Freightliner.
Ivey, and three passengers — Shirley A. Gooding, 85, Dennis R. Kadow, 63, and Sally E. Stoermer, 71, all of Camp Point — died as a result of the crash.
ISP Sgt. Stephen Schuwerk told our news gathering partners at WGEM that the victims are two employees and two residents of Timber Point Healthcare Center.
Schuwerk told WGEM it's unclear why Ivey crossed into oncoming traffic, but when she did, the bus hit the grain truck head on and the bus caught fire.
Volunteer firefighters who happened to be in the vicinity rushed to the scene and tried to get people out, Schuwerk said, but they were overcome by the heat from the fire, which fully engulfed the passenger bus.
U.S. 24 remained closed until about midnight as ISP reconstructed the accident scene and towed the vehicles involved, WGEM said.
Fuller was taken to Blessing Hospital with minor injuries. He was cited for violation of driver's license classification.
ISP said both drivers and all passengers were wearing seat belts.
ISP was assisted by the Adams County Sheriff's Department, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Tri-Township Fire Department, Quincy Fire Department, Adams County Ambulance and Illinois Department of Transportation.