Arkansas Charter Bus Crash Leaves 6 Dead, NTSB to Investigate
Early this morning at around 1 a.m., a charter bus crash on Interstate 40 near Little Rock, Arkansas left 6 people dead and an unknown number injured.
According to the Arkansas State Police, the single-vehicle accident was reported just after strong storms had soaked the area and as light rain continued to fall.
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Heading westbound, the charter bus reportedly careened off of the highway at speed and slammed into a bridge abutment.
The bus, a 1997 Van Hool, was owned by Michigan-based Continental Charters but, according to Jim Lawson, was reportedly sold to an as-yet unidentified man who claimed that he needed a second bus to haul people from Detroit to Texas and Florida.
Lawson claims that as a part of the sale, he ordered the buyer to remove the “Continental” lettering on the side of the bus but the graphics remained unaltered.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is currently investigating the accident, in conjunction with local authorities.
According to spokesman Eric Weiss, the agency’s investigators will be focusing on driver fatigue as one of the potential factors that could have caused this terrible bus accident.
Stay tuned for further details as they become available.