A charter bus carrying a youth football team crashed and overturned in the southern U.S. state of Arkansas early on Monday, leaving one child dead and 40 other people, mostly children, injured, police said. There were also adult coaches and chaperones on the bus who were hurt, police said.
Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock tweeted that it had received over 20 patients from the bus accident: "Families needing information should call the main hospital at 501-364-1100".
State police said the bus overturned after driving off the interstate.
Orange Mound is a historically black neighborhood in southeast Memphis that comes together around its youth football teams, where kids train to be part of the highly competitive Melrose High School squad.
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Arkansas State Police said the wreck happened at 2.40am at 111 mile marker along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles southwest of Little Rock, as the bus carried the team from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee. The hospital said all the patients were in stable condition, though no additional information about the injuries has been released.
The community was created for and by African-Americans after the Civil War, and black-owned businesses flourished there until desegregation enabled residents to live elsewhere. The hospital said it has set up a family center so parents can reunite with their children.
A charter bus heading carrying a football team from Dallas, Texas, to Memphis, Tennessee, crashed outside of Benton, Ark., Dec. 3, 2018.
Memphis is roughly 130 miles (209 kilometers) east of Little Rock. Prosecutors said the driver was on the phone at the time of the crash.