19 Injured When Megabus From Chicago Crashes in Indiana

Nineteen people were reportedly injured when a Megabus crashed into a semi-truck near Edinburgh, Indiana, police said.

The crash happened early Monday morning in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 near mile marker 83, according to Johnson County police. Indiana State Police said the Megabus was traveling southbound on I-65 near a construction zone when it rear-ended a semi, which then hit two other vehicles. 

Indiana State Police Captain Dave Bursten said 19 people were injured in the crash and were taken to various hospitals in Johnson County, Shelby County and Marion County.

All of the people were hurt were passengers on the Megabus. The injuries appeared to be non-life threatening, officials said. 

State police said two people were taken to Major Hospital in Shelby County, one person was taken to Indiana University Methodist Hospital, four people were transported to Columbus Regional Health Hospital and nine people were take to Johnson Memorial Hospital. 

One of the people injured in the crash was a minor, officials said. 

The bus was traveling from Chicago to Atlanta, said Sean Hughes, director of corporate affairs for Megabus.com.

"Safety is our number one priority and Megabus is fully cooperating with the authorities with their investigation into the incident," Hughes said in a statement.

Monday's crash is just the latest in a string of Megabus mishaps. One of the company's buses on December 30 rear-ended three cars that were stopped for another crash near Hammond. Ten days earlier, two dozen people were hurt in a crash involving a Megabus on the Indiana Toll Road near Hammond. On October 14, at least 18 people were injured when another Megabus flipped over in a crash on rain-slicked Interstate 65 near Greenwood, Indiana. And eight children and an adult were hurt when a Megabus collided with a day care van on Chicago's South Side last May.

An NBC 5 Investigates examination of federal records after the October crash indicated at the time that local authorities across the United States had investigated 16 Megabus accidents where a dozen people were injured throughout the previous two years. Still, the company notes, it has received favorable safety ratings from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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