Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Child Killed, 40 Injured When Football Team’s Bus Crashes in Arkansas

Child Killed, 40 Injured When Football Team’s Bus Crashes in Arkansas

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.

Authorities received a call around 2:40 a.m. (3:40 ET) and found the bus on its side near the Hot Springs exit on I-30.

Maxson said some of the children suffered injuries to the brain or other internal organs, while others suffered cuts and broken bones.

The football team was from the Orange Mound Youth Association in Tennessee and had played in a tournament in Dallas over the weekend, according to Memphis TV station WMC. State police said the charter bus was traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee.

A bus crash in April killed 10 players on the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team in Canada while the team was on its way from Humboldt to Nipawin in Saskatchewan.

State police confirmed the bus was carrying youth football players from the Memphis area.

Little Rock-based Arkansas Children's Hospital, which is approximately 25 miles from the site of the crash, received 25 injured children, all of whom are now listed as stable. As many as 40 others were injured. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

A speeding bus filled with school children crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in November 2016, leaving six students dead.

No information was immediately released about the severity of the injuries.

The driver, who survived the wreck, told Arkansas State Police that he lost control of the bus in a curve on Interstate 30 near Benton, Arkansas.

The community was created after the Civil War by and for African-Americans, and black-owned businesses flourished there until desegregation enabled residents to live elsewhere. Arkansas Children's took 24 patients, and all are in stable condition.

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