The crash occurred in a sparse, rural area, which caused delays in getting proper emergency medical personnel to the scene. The driver did not survive and at least two children were airlifted from the scene to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Several were hurt. Multiple children were rushed to hospitals in Memphis and DeSoto County. The ages of the children were not immediately known.The bus rolled over several times resting in a grassy area next to the highway but no other vehicles were involved in the crash. The bus was transporting students for the Benton County School District.
Chester Cole was identified as the driver by the District Superintendent Steve Bostick. Cole worked for the district for five years. It’s unclear what caused the crash. Benton County Schools Superintendent Steve Bostick says he believes the driver had some kind of medical emergency. Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Jason Roe said troopers arrived to a chaotic scene. More than 23 million children in the U.S. ride a school bus each day, and one study found that as many as 17,000 injuries occur on those buses annually. Some of the school bus injuries result in the death of children on board.