Press Release from Arkansas State Police

An initial statement from the driver of a charter bus that crashed earlier today indicates she lost control of the vehicle causing it to roll off Interstate 30 west of Benton (Arkansas) about 2:40 AM.  The bus was owned by Scott Shuttle Service of Somerville, Tennessee.

One child is dead and at least 45 other individuals (updated from release of 5:47 AM), most of them children, are reported to be injured, as the result of the crash.  Most of the injured have been taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.  The other injured are being treated at hospitals in Saline and Pulaski Counties.

The bus was transporting a youth all-star football team, and adults from the Memphis (Tennessee) area.  The bus was traveling from the Dallas area where the team had competed in a weekend championship game.

The bus was carrying a youth football team that had played in championship game in Dallas during the weekend.

As additional information may become available, it will be distributed by the Arkansas State Police Public Affairs Office.