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Probe ongoing in bus crash that killed 1 child, hurt dozens

Probe ongoing in bus crash that killed 1 child, hurt dozens

December 5th, 2018 by Associated Press in Arkansas News

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Most of the youth football players and adults who were injured when a charter bus rolled off an interstate and overturned in Arkansas have been released from hospitals, officials said Tuesday as they identified the bus driver and a child who was killed.

Saline County Deputy Coroner Allen West confirmed Tuesday that 9-year-old Kameron Johnson died when the bus crashed in the early morning darkness Monday along Interstate 30 near Benton, Ark.

The elementary school-age children from the Orange Mound Youth Association in Memphis were returning home after playing in a weekend tournament in the Dallas area.

At least 45 people were injured. Four children and one adult were hospitalized Tuesday.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash. The bus driver, 65-year-old Eula Jarrett of Tennessee, told state police that she lost control. The heavily damaged bus came to a stop after tumbling down a steep embankment next to the crook of a sharp bend on an offramp. Conditions were clear and dry at the time of the crash, around 2:40 a.m., police said.

One of the adults on the bus, Damous Hailey, said the players from 10 Orange Mound Youth Association football teams had been competing in all-star squads. He told The Commercial Appeal newspaper that the bus swerved and then flipped "about 15 or 20 times" before landing on its side.

"The kids were hollering, and we were trying to calm them down," he said in an interview Monday from Saline Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his right side and leg.

The bus was operated by Scott Shuttle Service, based in Somerville, Tennessee. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records show that the company had a "satisfactory" safety rating.

Records also showed one of the company's buses was involved in a crash in wet surface conditions in Jackson, Tenn., in November 2017. No injuries or deaths were reported. The 59-year-old driver did not receive a citation, the federal records showed.

The company also was fined in May for knowingly allowing an employee to operate a commercial motor vehicle without the proper licensing. Scott Shuttle Service did not return a call seeking comment on the crash.

Officials from two school districts in Memphis said students from several of their schools were hurt. Aspire Public Schools, which runs charter schools in Memphis, said the dead child attended one of its schools.

The crash has shaken the community of Orange Mound, a historic, mostly African-American neighborhood that takes pride in its youth athletic programs.

Shelby County Schools is helping to gather money for the children and their families. Funds also are being raised online.

Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer called Orange Mound one of Memphis' "major heartbeats."

"This team represented our city in a championship game & then experienced this horror heading home. My deepest sympathies & prayers are with each child & family," she wrote on Twitter.

 

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