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Child Tragically Killed and 45 Injured When Charter Bus Carrying Orange Mound Youth Football Team Crashes on I-30 in Arkansas


A child died tragically this morning, when a charter bus carrying a youth football team home from a championship game crashed along Interstate 30 near Benton, Arkansas.

The horrific accident injured at least 45 others, including many children between the ages of 8 and 10.

Orange Mound Youth Football Charter Bus Rolled at Least 4 Times

Arkansas State Police responded to an accident in the eastbound lanes of I-30 at approximately 2:40 a.m. on December 3rd.

The Orange Mound Youth Association football team had left Dallas, Texas only hours before their bus careened off the interstate en route to Memphis, Tennessee.

According to one witness, the vehicle then rolled over at least four times.

Apparently, the bus sustained heavy damage before coming to rest in an embankment near a sharp curve.

“When troopers arrived at the scene, many of the children were already off of the bus,” a state police spokesperson told reporters during a media briefing earlier today. “Some of them were stunned or had minor injuries.”

Sadly, a child died at the scene. So far, however, authorities have not released the victims’s age or identity.

24 Patients in Stable Condition at Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Emergency responders transferred the injured to hospitals in Benton and Little Rock, about 25 miles away.

Although most traveled to the hospital by ambulance, emergency personnel did airlift two people from the scene.

So far, its not clear how many children were injured. Little Rock’s Arkansas Children’s Hospital, however, confirmed that its ER had admitted 24 patients.

Fortunately, all are in stable condition.

Earlier this morning, Arkansas Children’s established a Family Center to reunite parents and children.

Orange Mound Youth Football Source of Pride in Historic Community

According to the Associated Press, Orange Mound is an historically African-American neighborhood located in southwest Memphis.

The Community was established in the 1890s on the former Deaderick plantation.

The youth football league is a source of pride in Orange Mound and  prepares players for the highly-competitive Melrose High School squad.

Arkansas State Police Interviewing Charter Bus Driver

Arkansas State Police have not identified the owner of the charter bus involved in today’s accident, although they are interviewing the driver.

The Orange Mound football team crash remains under investigation.

So far, however, it does not appear that weather was a factor.

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