Many witnesses described a double-decker bus crash Thursday in western Illinois as "blood everywhere" after a blown tire caused the huge vehicle slammed into a concrete pillar. One person died in the wreck, a woman named Aditi Avhad . The native of India was a med student returning to the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia, according to KMOV.
* Avhad was 25 years old. Around three dozen other people were hurt in the collision, including the driver. Most of the injuries were fractures due to the sudden impact of suddenly stopping. Passengers were thrown forward at a violent rate of speed.
* The Chicago Tribune states four or five people had to be physically extricated from the bus , including the deceased woman. Some of the injured were airlifted to area hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Ill. Around 30 ambulances arrived at the scene on Interstate 55 nearly 60 miles away from St. Louis.
* Megabus , the owner and operator of the large bus, told the Associated Press it was built in 2011. The vehicle involved in the accident passed a preventive maintenance inspection less than a week before the fatal crash.
* The bus was filled to capacity at 81 passengers. It was traveling from Chicago to Kansas City and was scheduled to stop in St. Louis and Columbia, Mo. A total of 38 passengers were confirmed injured.
* Witnesses reported a big boom before the bus crashed into a concrete pillar holding up a vehicular bridge going over I-55. Some said it felt like the bus "ran over something really, really big" before losing control. The bus went into the median of the highway before stopping suddenly due to the pillar.
* A person with the same name as Avhad is listed as a resident HSM (health system model) student of the University of Missouri's Health Management and Informatics department. Her picture was on the website Thursday evening; it has since been removed.
* Avhad was involved in a program to improve the university's medical school curriculum . Dr. Suzanne Boren listed the 25-year-old as a participant in the Curriculum and Quality Improvement program from early 2011.
* The University of Missouri released a statement Friday concerning the death of one of its students. NewsRoomAmerica.com posted the release although the University's official news bureau no longer has an active link to the release.
* Chancellor Brady Deaton said, "Members of the MU community are saddened today to learn of the death of one of our students, Ms. Aditi Avhad. She was a stellar student who made great contributions to the knowledge-building mission of the university. All of our hearts are a little heavier today as we grieve this loss. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her parents."
* Avhad was a graduate student who planned on getting a Master's degree in 2013. A LinkedIn page with the woman's name and image purports she was a compliance officer for MedZou, a university clinic providing free health care in Columbia.
* From February to July 2011, Avhad counseled patients at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital on smoking cessation techniques. She also ran a private dental clinic in Mumbai in 2010 after earning a Bachelor in Dental Surgery degree from Nair Hospital and Dental College in India from 2004 to 2009.
* This is second fatal crash in two years for Megabus. Four people were killed in September 2010 when a driver smashed a double-decker bus into a low bridge near downtown Syracuse, N.Y.
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.