BENTON, ARKANSAS — A charter bus carrying a youth football team crashed in the early hours of Monday morning. The team was from Tennessee, and had just played a championship game in Dallas this past weekend. On their homeward-bound commute at about 2:40 AM, the bus lost control and veered off of Interstate 30, where it rolled to a stop outside of Benton, Arkansas.
The tragic incident left one casualty and injured at least 45 others. The Saline County coroner identified the victim as 9-year-old Kameron Johnson. The majority of those injured were children, ages 8-10, accompanied by chaperones. The injured survivors were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton, Arkansas.
The Tennessee charter bus company Scott Shuttle Service has had a clean record over the past two years with zero crashes. However, they received a penalty fine in July 2018 for a driver operating a truck without a proper license.
“It’s devastating. I know that the hearts and prayers of all Memphians go out to all the children and parents and their families.” — Jim Strickland, Memphis Mayor
The youth football league was a part of the Orange Mound Youth Association in Memphis. The community mourns the loss of Kameron, who was in 3rd grade at Aspire Coleman Elementary School in Memphis, TN. Three of his fellow classmates were also injured in the wreck. The school has offered to provide grief counselors to its students.
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