UPDATE 01/19/17 9:30 p.m. — A source close to News 3 says all team members except one are at a hotel in Peoria. Team goalie Brandon Jaeger had surgery and is recovering along with the bus driver who is at another area hospital in Peoria.
The commissioner of the league will make the decision regarding if the Cottonmouths will play this weekend.
There also has been an overwhelming support from other hockey teams willing to help the Cottonmouths, evening lending players if needed.
UPDATE 01/19/17 3:49 p.m. — According to a release sent from the Columbus Cottonmouths, all players have been accounted for and have been transported to the local hospital and appears to be no life-threatening injures to players, staff or personnel.
UPDATE 01/19/17 3:30 p.m. — The Columbus Cottonmouths hockey team set to play the Peoria Rivermen this weekend were on their charter bus when it crashed on Interstate 155 near the I-74 exchange Thursday afternoon. The crash happened just after 1 p.m CT.
24 people from the Columbus Cottonmouths were taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, including 19 players, a coach, 2 trainers, a bus driver, and a equipment person.
Two people were transported by ambulance, the others by school bus. There’s no word now on the victims’ conditions.
TAZEWELL, Ill (WMBD). — Multiple departments responded to a crash Interstate 155 near I-74 early Thursday afternoon.
The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department confirms a charter bus was the only vehicle involved, though officials weren’t sure from which company the bus came.
Illinois State Police, the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department, and Morton all responded. There’s no word on injuries at this time.
This is a developing story. Stay with WRBL News 3 for updates.