Police: One child dead, 45 people injured after charter bus overturns on Interstate 30

Arkansas State police confirm one child is dead after a charter bus crash on Interstate 30 in Saline County. (Photo: KATV)

Arkansas State Police confirm one child is dead and 45 other people are injured after a charter bus crash carrying a youth all-star football team on Interstate 30 in Saline County.

Officials said the charter bus overturned around 2:40 a.m. Monday near exit 111 along Interstate 30 eastbound.

State Police said an initial statement from the driver of the bus, owned by Scott Shuttle Service, indicates she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled off of the roadway.

The bus, traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee, was carrying a youth all-star football team that had played in a championship game in Dallas over the weekend, police said.

According to WREG in Memphis, the players represented multiple teams, including the Tipton County Crush, Memphis Wolfpack, Wildcats, Giants and Cowboys. reports the victim who died is 9-year-old Kameron "KamKam" Johnson.

Speaking at a news conference Monday afternoon, Aspire Public Schools superintendent Nickalous Manning did not reveal the boy's name, but said he was "full of life, full of energy."

Bobby White, a spokesman for the Achievement School District in Memphis, said students from five of the district's schools were in the bus that crashed.

Authorities said most of the 45 individuals who were injured were children. However, adult chaperons were also on the bus at the time of the accident.

The injured have been taken to Arkansas Children's, UAMS, Baptist, and Saline Memorial.

A spokesperson for Arkansas Children's said a family center has been set up.

A shuttle will also run between Baptist and Children's to assist parents and the family of those injured.

Parents seeking information about those at Saline Memorial can call (501)776-6272.

The Arkansas Red Cross said it is ready to provide any services needed to the families.

Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler told Channel 7 most of the children had cell phones and have made contact with family members.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said on Twitter, "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."

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