1 child dead, 40+ hurt after bus carrying youth football team crashes

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BENTON, Ark. (AP/KKTV) - One child is dead and dozens of others injured after a charter bus crashed in Arkansas while carrying a Tennessee youth football team.

Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock says it received more than 20 patients following the Monday morning crash. Authorities say as many as 45 people were injured, most of them children. Many of the injuries were reported to be serious.

Arkansas State Police say the wreck happened along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles southwest of Little Rock. State police say the charter bus was traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee.
The bus was reportedly carrying a football team from the Orange Mound Youth Association in Tennessee that had played in a championship game in Dallas over the weekend. A Memphis TV station reports the children are elementary-school age.

State police say the bus overturned after driving off the interstate. CBS Little Rock is reporting that in an initial interview with investigators, the driver indicated that he lost control of the bus just before it rolled off the interstate.