Child killed, more than 20 hospitalized in charter bus crash

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BENTON, Ark. (AP) - Authorities said one child is dead and more than 20 people are hospitalized after a charter bus crashed in Arkansas while carrying a Tennessee youth football team.

Bus crash graphic by MGN.

Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock said it received more than 20 patients following the Monday morning crash. Authorities said as many as 40 people were injured, most of them children. No information about the severity of the injuries was immediately available.

Arkansas State Police said the wreck happened along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles southwest of Little Rock. State police said the charter bus was traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis TV station WMC reports that the bus was carrying a football team from the Orange Mound Youth Association in Tennessee that had played in a tournament in Dallas over the weekend. The station reports the children are elementary-school age.

State police said the bus overturned after driving off the interstate. The bus driver is being questioned by troopers

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