Published: Tue, December 04, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

One die, 40 injured as bus carrying youth football team crashes

One die, 40 injured as bus carrying youth football team crashes

Authorities did not immediately say which schools the children attended. No information about the status of injured passengers being treated at hospitals elsewhere has been released. The bus was hoisted upright and pulled from the scene late Monday morning.

A charter bus carrying a youth football team from Tennessee crashed early Monday in central Arkansas, killing one child and injuring at least 40 other people, according to authorities.

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

The bus driver was being questioned by troopers. State police say the charter bus was traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee.

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

KATVA charter bus heading carrying a football team from Dallas Texas to Memphis Tennessee crashed outside of Benton Ark. Dec. 3 2018
KATVA charter bus heading carrying a football team from Dallas Texas to Memphis Tennessee crashed outside of Benton Ark. Dec. 3 2018

The crash occurred about 2:40 a.m. and Arkansas State Police said some of the injured were found trapped inside the bus.

The bus driver told police she "lost control" of the bus, which is owned by Scott Shuttle Service of Sommerville.

One child is dead and at least 45 other individuals (updated from release of 5:47 AM), majority children, are reported to be injured, as the result of the crash.

Maxson said some of the children suffered injuries to the brain or other internal organs, while others suffered cuts and broken bones. Those involved in the crash were also reportedly sent to Baptist Hospital, Saline Memorial, CHI St Vincent and UAMS. There were several teams on the bus at the time that made the trip to represent the area.

A charter bus heading carrying a football team from Dallas, Texas, to Memphis, Tennessee, crashed outside of Benton, Ark., Dec. 3, 2018.

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