Child killed when football team’s bus crashes in Arkansas

(CNN)A bus crash early Monday killed one child and injured 40 other people, most of them children, on Interstate 30 west of Benton, Arkansas State Police said.

The charter bus, which was carrying a youth football team home from a championship game played over the weekend, was traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee when it left the road and turned over, police said. Authorities received a call around 2:40 a.m. (3:40 ET) and found the bus on its side near the Hot Springs exit on I-30.

The children were between 8 and 10 years old and had chaperones accompanying them on the bus, state police spokesman Bill Sadler said.

“When troopers arrived at the scene, many of the children were already off of the bus,” Sadler said. “Some of them were stunned or had minor injuries.”

Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock has received over 20 patients at its ER from the bus accident on I-30. Families needing information should call the main hospital at 501-364-1100. A family center is set-up. Families can come to the main entrance & will be taken there. pic.twitter.com/8wGiMRNrKD

The injured were taken to hospitals in Benton and in Little Rock, about 25 miles northeast. Two were airlifted, Sadler said.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock treated 20 patients in its emergency room, the hospital tweeted.

It does not appear that weather played any role in the crash, Sadler said. The bus driver has been questioned by police.

It was not immediately clear who owned the bus. The child’s cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner, Sadler said.

CNN’s Tina Burnside and Robin Meade contributed to this report.

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