February 22, 2019

One child killed in deadly bus crash

05 December 2018, 06:34 | Devin Moran

One child dead 45 injured in youth football bus crash in Arkansas

The deadly bus crash in Arkansas that killed a Memphis youth football player

A charter bus carrying a youth football team from Tennessee crashed early Monday in central Arkansas, killing one elementary school-aged child and injuring at least 45 other people, majority children.

Arkansas State Police said the bus overturned along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) southwest of Little Rock, while travelling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee.

Those who were injured were transported to hospitals in Benton and Little Rock.

The driver survived and said in an initial statement that she lost control, causing the bus to roll off the interstate, police said.

"All I heard was a swerve, and then it started flipping down one hill, over the service road and down another hill", Hailey said from a wheelchair at the hospital where he was being treated for leg injuries and a bump on his head.

At a news conference in Memphis on Monday afternoon, Nickalous Manning, area superintendent of Aspire Public Schools, said Johnson attended an Aspire charter school and was "full of life, full of energy", died in the crash. It is unknown how many of those injured are children and how many are adult chaperones. Police said the bus was carrying a team that had played in a championship game in Dallas over the weekend and was returning to Memphis. So to the people of Humboldt, know that we are with you.

The extent of the other injuries is unknown at this time. The bus driver has been questioned by police.

It does not appear that weather played a role in the crash, Sadler said.

Two patients underwent emergency operations, said Chanda Chacon, the hospital's chief operating officer.

The crash was reported to Arkansas State Police about 2:40 AM and was located at the 111 mile marker along Interstate 30. Arkansas Children's took 24 patients, and all are in stable condition.

More information will be reported as it is released. The youth football players were all elementary school aged, according to the Associated Press.

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