Live video from the scene shows the heavily damaged bus on its side in an embankment near an exit that has a sharp curve leaving the interstate. A child was killed and at least 45 others, mostly children were injured. The charter bus was traveling on Interstate 30 near Benton when it overturned. The bus was carrying the Orange Mound Youth Association’s football team, which had attended an All-Star game in Dallas, Texas during the weekend. Orange Mound is a historically black neighborhood in southeast Memphis. The community was created after the Civil War by and for African-American.
The bus was owned by Scott Shuttle Service of Somerville, Tennessee. 24 patients who were in stable condition following the crash were sent at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Others injured in the crash were treated at hospitals in Saline and Pulaski counties. No information about the severity of the injuries was immediately available. A family center has been set up to help parents reunite with their children. “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,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement.