Child Dead, 40 Injured in Arkansas Youth Football Team Bus Crash

Frederick Owens
December 5, 2018

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.

Arkansas State Police say the crash happened about 2:40 a.m. Monday on Interstate 30 near the 111 mile marker, just west of Benton.

"One child is dead and at least 40 other individuals, majority children, are reported to be injured", the Arkansas state police said in a Facebook post.

Investigators told WHBQ that the driver lost control of the bus, causing it to flip and roll off the interstate.

"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.

Sports teams and coaches believed affiliated with the organization have not returned phone calls and emails from The Associated Press Monday morning. As many as 40 others were injured.

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The children were between 8 and 10 years old and had chaperones accompanying them on the bus, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said. So to the people of Humboldt, know that we are with you.

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

One child was killed in the crash. The bus driver has been questioned by police. By the time first responders arrived numerous players -who were between the ages of eight and 13 years old - and their chaperones were already off the bus, state police spokesman Bill Sadler stated.

No information was immediately released about the severity of the injuries. A spokeswoman said she couldn't provide any details, citing privacy laws.

"It helps keep kids out of trouble", said Morgan, who also played on traveling football squads in his youth.

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