Officials Identify Driver of Bus that Crashed in Arkansas, Killing Child
SALINE COUNTY, AR. – According to an online news report from citynews1130.com, officials have identified the driver of a bus that crashed in Saline County, Arkansas. The crash killed one child and injured more than 40 people.*
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, 13 people were transported to Saline Memorial, three people were transported to Baptist Hospital, one adult and two children were transported to CHI St. Vincent, and one person was transported to UAMS.
Almost all injured adults and children have been released at this time. Four children and one adult remain hospitalized.
The bus driver has now been identified by officials as 65-year-old Eula Jarrett, of Tennessee. It is still not clear if she was among the injured, and no information has been released about why she lost control of the bus. The investigation is ongoing.
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