One child had died and at least 45 other children were injured after a youth football team bus traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee, crashed in the early morning hours Monday. According to a press release from the Arkansas police, the charter bus was traveling on Interstate 30 near the city of Benton, Arkansas., around 2:40 a.m. Monday morning when it left the surface of the road and overturned. The bus was carrying the Orange Mound Youth Association’s football team, which had attended an All-Star game in Dallas, Texas during the weekend. The team was on its way back to Memphis at the time of the incident.
“The bus driver is alive and is being questioned by State Trooper,” police said.
The children aboard the bus were reportedly all between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. Those injured were taken to hospitals in and around Benton and Little Rock. Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock said that it received 24 patients that were in stable condition following the crash.
Video from the scene showed a white bus on its side in an embankment. Authorities were investigating the scene early Monday to determine the possible cause of the crash. They have not indicated when the vehicle will be moved.
Orange Mound is a historically black neighborhood in southwest Memphis. The community comes together around its football teams, where kids train to be apart of the highly competitive Melrose High School squad.
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