A bus carrying a youth football team crashed in Arkansas early Monday, Dec. 3, leaving one child dead and 45 people injured.
The crash took place on I-30 near Little Rock in Saline County around 2:40 a.m., according to the Arkansas State Police.
The exact location was at the 111-mile marker, at an exit ramp. The bus appeared to exit the road as it was exiting on the curved ramp.
The OMY A Elite football team was headed back to Memphis after an All-Star game in Texas. The team, with players ranging from 8 to 12, was part of the Orange Mound Youth League, reported Fox 13.
**Update** I was just told that there is now at least one fatality.Praying that everyone is ok!! More than 50 kids &…
In addition to the death and injuries, the crash left three to five children trapped.
One of four coaches on the bus told WMC that the bus rolled over four times. More than 50 people were on the bus.
According to Fox 13, the patients were rushed to five different hospitals. Arkansas Children’s Hospital received more than 20 patients, Saline Memorial Hospital received 13 patients, CHI St. Vincent received three patients, Baptist Hospital received three patients, and UAMS received one patient.
The patients who were taken to Baptist and St. Vincent had been released hours after the crash after being treated.
An official at the hospital told KARK that out of 24 patients there as of 8:30 a.m. local time, all were stable with non-life threatening injuries.
The bus driver was being questioned by state troopers. It’s not clear yet what caused the crash. A picture from the scene showed firefighters at the site of the crash, with the bus lying on its side amid trees off the roadway. As of 8:15 a.m., the exit ramp was still closed as troopers investigated and tried to reconstruct the accident, reported KARK.
A helicopter brought in investigators with the state police to provide a better view of the crash before landing.
Chaka Dunlap-Williams, who posted the picture, said that two of her nephews rode on the bus to Texas but were not on the bus on the way back.
“My sister made them ride in the car with her back home,” she said.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland issued a statement following the crash.
“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,” he said.
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.
— Mayor Jim Strickland (@MayorMemphis) December 3, 2018
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, analyzing data from the Department of Transportation, there were 37,461 deaths from car accidents in 2016, the last year full data is available for.
The deaths occurred across 34,439 fatal motor vehicle accidents.
The number means 11.6 deaths per 100,000 people and 1.16 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, although those numbers can vary widely across states. In Arkansas, the deaths per 100,000 population (18.2) and deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled (1.51) are both in the upper edge of the states’ death rates.
The majority of fatal accidents are single-vehicle crashes, the institute noted.