Child killed in soccer team bus crash

Cheryl Sanders
December 5, 2018

Arkansas State police confirmed one child is dead and at least 40 more people were injured after a charter bus carrying a youth football team crashed in Saline County, Arkansas, early Monday morning.

The injured children, who range in age from 9 to 12, were taken to hospitals in nearby Benton and Little Rock, police said. Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock said it received more than 20 patients following the morning crash.

The children were between 8 and 10 years old and had chaperones accompanying them on the bus, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said. "It started flipping down one hill, over a service road that was down below", Hailey said.

Teams and coaches affiliated with the Orange Mound Youth Association have not returned phone calls and emails seeking comment. Those injured were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton.

Troopers say a charter bus traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee left the roadway and overturned.

"When we talked to teammates here, you saw on their faces about what that young person meant to them, the impact that he had on the school community", Manning said.

The extent of the other injuries is unknown at this time.

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

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 Arkansas State Police said more information would be released later Monday morning "through an updated news release". The hospital said it has set up a family centre so parents can reunite with their children. Chronic disinvestment brought widespread crime and poverty. He said the four remaining children were stable and expected to fully recover from their injuries.

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