Bus Carrying Youth Football Team Crashes in Arkansas; One Child Killed
SALINE COUNTY, AR. – According to an online news report from fox13memphis.com, a bus carrying a youth football team from Memphis, Tennessee, crashed in Saline County, Arkansas. One child died in the crash, and numerous others were injured.*
Members of the OMYA Elite youth football team were traveling back to Memphis after an All-Star 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 died in the crash, and reports indicate at least 45 people were injured. The child has not been identified, but Aspire Public Schools has confirmed that he or she was a student at Aspire Coleman Elementary School.
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.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said the following in a statement on social media: “On behalf of all Memphians, our hearts and prayers go out to the Orange Mound children and their families involved in this morning’s tragic bus accident in Arkansas.”
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