9-Year-Old Child Killed in Arkansas Bus Crash in Saline County, Arkansas
SALINE COUNTY, AR. – According to an online news report from ajc.com, a 9-year-old child was killed in a bus crash in Saline County, Arkansas.*
Members of the OMYA Elite youth football team were traveling back to Memphis, Tennessee, after a championship game in Dallas, Texas. They were on board a Scott Shuttle Service bus traveling on Interstate 30. Near the Highway 70 access ramp in Saline County, the driver of the bus lost control, and the bus rolled off the interstate.
More than 40 people were on the bus at the time, including adults and children ages 8 to 12 years. One child, a 9-year-old boy, died in the crash. The boy’s name has been released but withheld from this story for privacy reasons. Aspire Public Schools has confirmed the boy was a student at Aspire Coleman Elementary School.
Reports indicate at least 45 other people were injured in the crash. Injured children and adults were transported to hospitals in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Benton, Arkansas. Twenty-four children were transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and they are all reportedly in stable condition. Thirteen people were transported to Saline Memorial, and their current conditions are not known.
Three people were transported to Baptist Hospital, and they have all reportedly been treated and released. One adult and two children went to CHI St. Vincent, and they have all reportedly been treated and released. One person was transported to UAMS, and his or her current condition is not known.
The bus driver was not identified, and it is not clear if he or she was among the injured. The cause of the driver’s loss of control is not yet known, and an investigation is ongoing.
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