PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — A CityLink bus crashed in downtown Peoria on Harrison Street between SW Adams and Jefferson Streets around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.
The bus was making a turn onto Harrison Street when it struck a curb before hitting multiple parking meters, a parked truck, then finally a tree, Sergeant Amy Dotson of Peoria Police Department told WMBD.
Witnesses told WMBD they heard a loud noise before the crash.
“I was watching the bus turn the corner and tire blew out. I heard a loud pop… it ran into the tree and the building,” said eyewitness Kerstin Mann.
“When we seen her turn the corner, she was trying to control it and lost control and came down the sidewalk but the tree stopped it,” said eyewitness Becky Pace.
According to Peoria Fire Department, the bus driver was trapped in the driver’s set and firefighters used ‘jaws of life’ to get the driver out. Six people, including the bus driver, were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
The crash is under investigation by Peoria Police Department.
This story will be updated.