One child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash

One child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash

One child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash

A boy in the third grade was killed and at least 45 other people, a lot of them children, were injured when a bus carrying several youth football teams home from an all-star tournament crashed in Arkansas early Monday, police said.

The bus, which was carrying a youth football team, crashed Monday morning along interstate 30 in Saline county.

Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock treated 20 patients in its emergency room, the hospital tweeted.

Arkansas state police confirmed one person died.

Surgeon in Chief and Trauma Medical Director Dr. Todd Maxson says some suffered brain and skull injuries, while others had broken bones and lacerations.

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

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The team from the Orange Mound Youth Association - a football program in a historically black neighborhood of Memphis that has rallied around the youth football teams - was en route from Dallas, where it competed on Sunday.

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

Police said most of the injured are children who were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton. As many as 40 others were injured. Adult chaperones were also on the bus at the time of the accident, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said. Arkansas Children's took 24 patients, and all are in stable condition. The TV station reports the children are elementary-school age.

"When troopers arrived at the scene, numerous children were already off of the bus", Sadler told CNN. A spokeswoman said she couldn't provide any details, citing privacy laws.

Orange Mound was created after the Civil War by and for African-Americans, and black-owned businesses flourished there until desegregation enabled residents to live elsewhere.

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