One child is dead and 45 other people are injured after a charter bus carrying a Memphis, Tennessee youth football team from a championship game in Dallas crashed in Central Arkansas early Monday morning.
The bus was carrying a football team of 8- to 10-year-olds as well as a group of chaperones. The driver of the bus told Arkansas state police that she lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll off Interstate 30, killing Kameron Johnson, 9. The dozens who were injured were mostly children and were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton, Arkansas.
The bus appeared to have skidded on its left side, and a hole could be seen on the roof from aerial photos. When troopers arrived on the scene, many of the children had already escaped the bus and appeared stunned.
The bus was owned by Scott Shuttle Service, based in Somerville, Tennessee. The company appeared to have no record of recent crashes, according to the Department of Transportation’s Safety and Fitness Electronic Records system. However, Scott Shuttle Service had been fined nearly $3,500 within the past six months for allowing a driver to operate a vehicle without proper licensing.
Kameron was a third-grader at Aspire Coleman Elementary. The team was affiliated with the Orange Mound Youth Association and consisted of players from various schools. The Orange Mound neighborhood where the association is based was founded in 1890 as the nation’s first subdivision specifically for African-Americans. In 2016, former first lady Michelle Obama designated Orange Mound as a Preserve American Community.
Source: New York Times