Bus carrying youth football team crashes on I-30; child killed, dozens more injured (UPDATE) | Arkansas Blog

Bus carrying youth football team crashes on I-30; child killed, dozens more injured (UPDATE)

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A bus carrying a youth football team ran off I-30 Eastbound at around 2:45 this morning, just west of Benton at the 111 mile marker, and overturned. Authorities have confirmed that one child was killed and at least 40 others were injured in the crash — most of them children. At least 20 youths injured in the crash are being treated at Arkansas Children's Hospital. (***Updates from state police below***)

The charter bus was traveling from Dallas to Memphis, Tennessee after playing in a championship game over the weekend.

Latest report from the scene from KARK above.

Here is the press release from the Arkansas State Police:

One child is dead and at least 40 other individuals, most of them children, are reported to be injured, as the result of a bus crash west of Benton early this morning. The injured have been transported to area hospitals in Little Rock and Benton.

The crash was reported to Arkansas State Police about 2:40 AM and was located at the 111 mile marker along Interstate 30.

Troopers say a charter bus traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee left the roadway and overturned. The bus driver is alive and is being questioned by state troopers.

The bus was carrying a youth football team that had played in championship game in Dallas during the weekend.
Footage from the scene from KARK:




***UPDATE:

Arkansas Police issued this update:

An initial statement from the driver of a charter bus that crashed earlier today indicates she lost control of the vehicle causing it to roll off Interstate 30 west of Benton (Arkansas) about 2:40 AM. The bus was owned by Scott Shuttle Service of Somerville, Tennessee.

One child is dead and at least 45 other individuals (updated from release of 5:47 AM), most of them children, are reported to be injured, as the result of the crash. Most of the injured have been taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. The other injured are being treated at hospitals in Saline and Pulaski Counties.

The bus was transporting a youth all-star football team, and adults from the Memphis (Tennessee) area. The bus was traveling from the Dallas area where the team had competed in a weekend championship game.

The bus was carrying a youth football team that had played in championship game in Dallas during the weekend.

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