Chicago officers likely didn’t see train that killed them

CHICAGO – Two Chicago police officers may not have seen or heard the commuter train that fatally struck them because they were focused on another train coming from the opposite direction, a department spokesman said Tuesday. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said "very limited" video from a body camera one of the officers was wearing helped investigators … Continue reading “Chicago officers likely didn’t see train that killed them”

CHICAGO – Two Chicago police officers may not have seen or heard the commuter train that fatally struck them because they were focused on another train coming from the opposite direction, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said "very limited" video from a body camera one of the officers was wearing helped investigators piece together how the tragedy might have happened.

The officers had run onto an elevated area of the tracks Monday night on the city's far South Side to investigate gunfire. On the video, they "clearly acknowledge" a northbound train just before the southbound train hit them, Guglielmi said.

"They must have thought the sound they heard was the northbound train," he said. "They must have missed the sound of the train right behind them."

Officers Eduardo Marmolejo and Conrad Gary were doing surveillance after Shotspotter technology that detects the sound of gunfire alerted police about shots fired in the area.

Between the sound of the first train and the fact that they were focused on finding a gunman, they were unable to move off the tracks.

The man Mamolejo and Gary were pursuing was taken into custody by other officers a short time later, and a gun was recovered near where the officers were struck. Guglielmi said the man was being questioned and had not yet been charged with any crime.

"These brave young men were consumed with identifying a potential threat," Superintendent Eddie Johnson explained to reporters at a news conference late Monday night.

Later, Guglielmi said, Johnson led a delegation of the department's command staff to search the area along the tracks to ecover the remains of the two officers. Guglielmi said Johnson has met with the families of the two officers.

The officers were assigned to the Calumet police district. Marmolejo, 36, had been a member of the department for 2 ½ years; Gary, 31, had been on the force for 18 months. Both were married with children. Marmolejo was the father of three children, one in high school and two younger children; Gary had a 6-month-old daughter.

Four Chicago police officers now have been killed in the line of duty this year.

The tragedy bore similarities to the 2002 death of Chicago Police Officer Benjamin Perez, who was fatally struck by a commuter train while conducting surveillance on narcotics activity on the city's West Side.

Officer Samuel Jimenez was killed in a shootout last month after he chased a gunman inside a hospital on Chicago's South Side. That shooter also killed two other people before taking his own life.

And in February, Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot while pursuing a suspect in the Loop business district.

The total is the highest number of Chicago officers killed in the line of duty in one year since five were killed in 2010. Their deaths mark the first time two officers died in the same incident since 1990, according to Dave Bayless, spokesman for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel mourned the officers on Monday night, telling reporters, "I think it's really important that we put our arms around the Chicago Police Department and hold them up and support them at this critical juncture, because we are so dependent on their professionalism and their sense of duty."

Chicago police: 2 officers die after being struck by train

CHICAGO – Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train Monday as they investigated a report of gunshots on the city's far South Side.

Eduardo Marmolejo, 37, and Conrad Gary, 31, were pursuing a person who had headed toward train tracks and were hit shortly after 6 p.m. as the commuter train passed through the area, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

"There was no stop at that location so the train was probably going somewhere between 60 and 70 miles per hour," Johnson said during a news conference.

He said an individual was taken into custody and a weapon was recovered. He said the investigation was still in the early stages and that more details would be released at a later time.

Marmolejo had been with the department for 2½ years and Gary for 18 months, Johnson said.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who also spoke at the news conference, said the city had lost "two young men, both fathers with young families."

"There are no words that can express the grief, the sense of loss. It just knocks you back on your heels," he said.

Chicago police use "ShotSpotter" technology, or sensors that monitor for the sound of gunfire and alert police. Johnson said the two officers went to the scene Monday after a "ShotSpotter" alert went out.

"It just highlights again how dangerous this job can be. I often say that the most dangerous thing a police officer can do is take a weapon off of an armed individual," Johnson said.

The train that struck the officers was operated by a commuter rail line that links northern Indiana and Chicago, according to media reports.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the officers pursued the suspect on foot.

In 2002, Chicago police officer Benjamin Perez was fatally struck by a commuter train while conducting surveillance on narcotics activity on the city's West Side.

Two other Chicago officers besides Marmolejo and Gary were killed in the line of duty this year.

Officer Samuel Jimenez was killed in a shootout last month after he chased a gunman inside a hospital on Chicago's South Side . The shooter also killed two other people — his ex-fiancee who was an emergency room doctor and a pharmacy resident — before taking his own life.

And in February, Cmdr. Paul Bauer was fatally shot while pursuing a suspect in the Loop business district.

"I think it's really important that we put our arms around the Chicago Police Department and hold them up and support them at this critical juncture, because we are so dependent on their professionalism and their sense of duty," Emanuel said Monday night.

Man dies in crash following deadly California rampage

PORTERVILLE, Calif. – A man who went on a deadly shooting, carjacking and robbery rampage in California's Central Valley died Monday during a high-speed highway chase during which he intentionally tried to smash into other cars, authorities said.

Gustavo Garcia, 36, of Visalia was pronounced dead at the scene Monday morning on State Route 65 in Porterville after he was flung from a stolen truck after a gun battle with police and wrong-way car crashes that left four people injured, one critically, police said.

In attacks on apparently random strangers, Garcia also killed a man at a gas station convenience store, shot and wounded a farmworker in an orchard and a woman at a motel, carjacked other farmworkers and robbed a convenience store at gunpoint, Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said.

He also fired shots in the backyard of his ex-girlfriend's Visalia home as she and her children were inside and may have committed as many as a dozen crimes during a "rampage" that began Sunday afternoon, he said.

"We have one man that essentially (has) been on a personal reign of terror," Boudreaux said at an afternoon news conference.

Authorities were "scratching our heads" about a motive but Garcia may have been distraught over some relationship breakup, the sheriff said. An autopsy would determine whether he had any drugs or alcohol in his system.

Garcia had a long criminal history that included arrests for drugs, assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and he had been in trouble with immigration officials several times and was deported in 2014, Boudreaux said. However, he did not know Garcia's recent immigration status.

The rampage began around 1 p.m. Sunday in Exeter when Garcia shot a farmworker who was picking fruit, police said. He was expected to recover.

Minutes later, Garcia robbed a convenience store. Surveillance video showed Garcia firing shots at the ceiling and demanding more than $2,000 in cash, the Fresno Bee reported.

A second man who had been a passenger in Garcia's car was being sought as a person of interest in the holdup, police said.

At about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Garcia shot a Motel 6 guest in the arm and chest in Tulare, although her wounds weren't life-threatening, authorities said.

"She had made eye contact with the subject and he had followed her to her parking spot, where he got out of the car and for an unbeknownst reason began firing at her vehicle," Tulare interim Police Chief Matt Machado said.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Monday, Garcia fired shots into a Shell gas station in the Pixley area, then about an hour later, he killed Rocky Paul Jones, 51, of Visalia outside the Arco AMPM in that city, Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said.

Jones had exchanged words with Garcia before the shooting but it was unclear whether Jones had any relationship with the killer, police said.

"It appears his rampage and his acts of violence were random and they were not chosen targets, which makes it even more dangerous," Boudreaux said. "This person was targeting anyone who got in the way."

Garcia later went to his ex-girlfriend's house in Visalia and fired several shots from her backyard but she and her children escaped unharmed, police said.

He then fired shots into a home in the Sultana area, then shortly after 6:30 a.m. crashed his car after a two-minute police chase during which he shot and hit pursuing sheriff's cars and deputies fired back.

Garcia ran into an orchard where he stole a truck at gunpoint from three farmworkers and led authorities in a chase that reached 100 mph (161 kph) on State Route 65, where Garcia drove the wrong way in traffic and seemed intent on trying to hit other cars, California Highway Patrol Lt. Scott Goddard said.

Garcia died after smashing into four cars, leaving one driver in critical condition and the other three with minor injuries, Goddard said.

He "had no regard for human life," Boudreaux said.

Subway passenger held in racial attack has history of altercations, police say

A woman arrested this week on suspicion of a racially motivated attack on a fellow New York City subway rider has a history of assaulting fellow passengers, reports said.

Anna Lushchinskaya, 40, was allegedly recorded yelling profanities, racial slurs and kicking and punching a 24-year-old Asian woman aboard the D train during Tuesday's morning rush-hour commute. Police said the alleged attack occurred after Lushchinskaya bumped into the victim.

"As I was passing her she stuck her arm out and like, side-punched me with her keys in her knuckles," the victim told Gothamist. "I stumbled, caught myself, kept walking and turned around because she was screaming at me to leave her alone. She called me a 'psycho (expletive),' and I still had my headphones on so I couldn’t completely catch what she said because I was so taken off guard."

A rider aboard the train made a citizen's arrest and detained Lushchinskaya.


“F—k off! F—k off! F–k off!” Lushchinskaya allegedly shouted to a silent woman who is standing next to her and appears to be preoccupied with her phone, one of the clips posted by Twitter user @PlatanoMan shows.

Passengers tried to intervene during the altercation. Some were heard asking her to “stop” and “chill out."

"Everybody was just looking at each other like, 'Are you sure you just heard that? Did you just hear that?,'" passenger Juan Ayala told New York's WABC-TV.

The alleged victim suffered lacerations to her face and yelled to Lushchinskaya “You’re a disgrace to all white people.”

"Coming home, I couldn't breathe," said the victim. "Every time I have to get a train, I'm really careful where I'm watching."

Tuesday's episode wasn’t Lushchinskaya’s first brush with police over altercations with fellow passengers.

She was charged in June with pepper-spraying a man, also at the 36th Street station.

"As the D train arrives in the station [Lushchinskaya] walks by the victim and discharged the substance in the victims' faces, causing burning and irritation." Lushchinskaya was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault,” a New York Police Department spokesperson told Gothamist.

Family: Man left woman to die on freeway during first date

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – It started out as a mystery — how did a Fort Lauderdale waitress wind up lying on a suburban freeway before dawn last weekend, getting fatally struck by numerous passing cars?

The family of 33-year-old Jennifer St. Clair now thinks they know. In a lawsuit filed Friday, they say St. Clair was on a first date with Miles McChesney of New York when she fell off his borrowed Harley-Davidson motorcycle and he fled. The Florida Highway Patrol has declined comment, saying St. Clair's death is under investigation. McChesney's attorney, Russell Cormican, also declined comment.

According to the lawsuit, St. Clair and McChesney, 34, met on the online dating site Tinder and went out Dec. 6 with two other couples for a group motorcycle ride, stopping at three bars.

At about 2 a.m. on Dec. 7, the lawsuit says, the motorcycles were on Interstate 95 when St. Clair "was somehow expelled from the motorcycle" and was struck numerous times by passing cars. Witnesses say a motorcyclist stood near St. Clair's body and then took off. The lawsuit says a phone belonging to McChesney's cousin, who was one of the other motorcyclists, called 911 but hung up.

"The cousin and the other motorcycle driver had gone ahead. When they noticed that Jennifer was not on the bike, the cousin pulled over and called 911," the family's attorney, Todd Falzone, told a press conference Friday. He said McChesney then approached his cousin, who told the dispatcher, "Here he is, forget it" and hung up.

Falzone said Cormican called the highway patrol later that morning and told investigators McChesney would only talk if given full immunity. They refused.

"McChesney drank alcohol to the point where he became impaired," Falzone said. "McChesney carelessly and negligently operated that motorcycle. He then failed to render aid to Jennifer, and then left her on the highway."

According to court documents, McChesney was released from federal prison in November after serving time for fleeing a halfway house. He was there while completing a sentence on a firearms conviction. His specific hometown in New York could not immediately be determined.

Turkey train crash leaves 9 dead, dozens injured

ANKARA, Turkey – A high-speed train hit a railway engine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a station in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, killing nine people and injuring 47 others, officials said.

The 6:30 a.m. train from Ankara to the central Turkish city of Konya collided head-on with the engine, which was checking the tracks at the capital's small Marsandiz station, Transport Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan told reporters after inspecting the site. The high-speed train transits that station without stopping.

At least two cars derailed, hitting the station's overpass which then collapsed onto the train.

Three engine drivers and six passengers were killed in the crash, Turhan said. One of the passengers died of injuries after being hospitalized while others were killed at the scene.

Television footage showed emergency services working to rescue passengers from wrangled cars and debris. Hurriyet newspaper said sniffer dogs assisted efforts to find survivors.

This image made from video shows aftermath of a high-speed train crash at a station in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (DHA via AP)

Turhan said everyone had been removed from the debris and no one else was believed to be trapped.

It wasn't immediately clear if a signaling problem caused the crash. Ankara Gov. Vasip Sahin said a technical inspection has begun while NTV television, quoting unnamed officials, said three prosecutors were assigned to investigate.

In July, 10 people were killed and more than 70 injured when most of a passenger train derailed in northwestern Turkey, after torrential rains caused part of the rail tracks to collapse. Last month, 15 people were injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in Turkey's central province of Sivas.

Konya, about 160 miles south of Ankara, is home to the tomb of the Sufi mystic and poet Jalaladdin Rumi, attracting thousands of pilgrims and tourists. The crash occurred during an annual week of remembrance for Rumi when many travel to Konya to watch Whirling Dervishes perform.

US Marines ID dead crew member in Japan warplanes crash

TOKYO – The U.S. Marines have identified a fighter pilot who died after his jet collided with a refueling aircraft during training off Japan's coast, leaving five other Marines missing and one rescued.

Two pilots were flying an F/A-18 Hornet that collided with a KC-130 Hercules about 2 a.m. Thursday. The other pilot was rescued and the crew of the refueling plane is missing.

The Marine Corps identified the dead crew member as Capt. Jahmar Resilard, 28, of Miramar, Florida. He served with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, stationed on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi, Japan.

"The Bats are deeply saddened by the loss of Captain Jahmar Resilard. He was an effective and dedicated leader who cared for his Marines and fellow fighter pilots with passion," Lt. Col. James Compton, commanding officer of the squadron, said in a statement.

"His warm and charismatic nature bound us together and we will miss him terribly," he added.

The Marines said that the two planes were involved in routine training, including aerial refueling, but that it was still investigating what caused the crash.

President Donald Trump tweeted that his thoughts and prayers were with the Marine Corps crew members involved in the collision. He thanked U.S. Forces in Japan for their "immediate response and rescue efforts" and said "Whatever you need, we are here for you."

The crash is the latest in recent series of accidents involving the U.S. military deployed to and near Japan.

Last month, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan's southern island of Okinawa, though its two pilots were rescued safely. In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk also belonging to the Ronald Reagan crashed off the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors.

More than 50,000 U.S. troops are based in Japan under a bilateral security pact.


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Report: Propeller blade broke, causing military plane crash

JACKSON, Miss. – Investigators say bad maintenance practices at a Georgia air force base missed a deteriorating propeller blade that broke off six years later as a U.S. Marine Corps transport plane cruised over Mississippi at 20,000 feet, causing the KC-130T to break into pieces and plunge into a soybean field, killing 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman.

The report on the causes of the July 10, 2017 crash, released Wednesday, slams "consistent production errors" at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Warner Robins, Georgia, saying evidence from the crashed plane shows employees missed growing corrosion on the key propeller blade during a 2011 overhaul. The report finds workers at the base did a poor job of following the Navy's specific procedure for its propellers, in part because the vast majority of blades overhauled at the base followed different procedures. The report indicates the Air Force has now agreed to adopt the Navy's more demanding overhaul procedures for all propellers.

Military officials have known of the problems since at least September 2017 and some family members had previously indicated they knew what had happened, although they declined to discuss details. In July, just before the anniversary of the crash, Anna Johnson, the widow of crew member Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson told The Associated Press that "planes don't just fall out of the sky.

"It was a grave mistake, it was an accident that was most likely preventable," Johnson said then. "I don't want their deaths to be in vain. I want something good to come of it."

The report lays out 17 recommendations to prevent a recurrence. Brig. Gen. John Kubinec, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, told The Telegraph of Macon that the base expects to restart propeller overhauls early next year.

"When we first heard that work done here in 2011 may have contributed to the mishap, leadership and the (propeller) shop were devastated," Kubinec said. "The first thing we did was take action to ensure that processes were in place that this wouldn't happen again. That's what our commitment has been since we first heard about it."

The report says a corrosion pit eventually developed into a crack, breaking off from the propeller closest to the fuselage on the left-hand side of the plane. A number of other propeller blades on the four-engine aircraft were also found to have corrosion. The report said investigators found a protective coating had been painted over corrosion on some blades from the plane, proving that Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex workers "failed to detect, remove and repair corrosion infected blades they purported to have overhauled."

The report said inspectors visiting the base were dismayed to find workers relying on memory for how they should conduct propeller maintenance, even though they had laptops with the correct procedures at their work stations. They also said technicians did a poor job of tracking paperwork that said who a propeller belonged to, which determined whether they were supposed to use methods for the Air Force, the Navy or P-3 surveillance planes. Plus, quality inspections did not cover "the steps regarding identification and removal of corrosion."

The Air Force doesn't know which technicians inspected the blade in 2011, though, because its previous policy was to dispose of maintenance paperwork after two years. Although the Navy had the power to audit work done by the Air Force in Georgia, the report says there's no evidence any audit ever occurred since the Navy handed off the work to the Air Force in 2009.

The report also concludes that the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, didn't do enough to inspect propeller blades or track maintenance records. The squadron was supposed to perform an electrical current inspection on blades any time a plane didn't fly for more than eight weeks, but did not. However, investigators said that even if maintenance workers had conducted inspections they missed, they might not have found the problem.

"It cannot be concluded with any reasonable degree of certainty that the radial crack would or would not have been detected," investigators wrote.

The blade sliced through the fuselage where passengers were sitting, lodging into the interior of the right hand side of the skin. The impact affected the drive shaft of a propeller on the right side, causing that propeller to break loose, causing it to hit the fuselage and then knock part of the stabilizer off the plane. The plane, then basically uncontrollable, broke into pieces, and the area containing passengers "explosively disintegrated."

The report says all aboard suffered "shock, disorientation, inadvertent physical responses, rapid onset of below freezing conditions and near impossible crew communication." All the men died from blunt force trauma and contusions, investigators found.

Despite speculation at the time, the report found ""no evidence of inflight fire damage or ammunition discharge."

The Navy grounded its fleet of C-130Ts until propellers are replaced, with Congress appropriating $121 million to accelerate the work. However, the aging KC-130T models like the one that crashed are being phased out. C-130s have historically been one of the military's safest aircraft.


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Johnson reported from New Orleans.

A football weekend turns to tragedy for Tennessee all-stars

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It was a fun and competitive weekend for a young group of all-stars as they visited Texas and represented Memphis, Tennessee, in a weekend football tournament.

The players, some venturing outside of Memphis for the first time in their lives, built bonds on the field and off, says one of their coaches, Matt King.

"They had a blast," said King.

But the glow of a successful tournament turned to tragedy when the charter bus carrying players and coaches rolled off an interstate and overturned in Arkansas in the early morning darkness Monday. Authorities are investigating what caused the crash, which occurred in clear, dry weather.

The elementary school-aged children from 10 Orange Mound Youth Association football teams were returning home after playing in the Dallas area.

A coroner confirmed that 9-year-old Kameron Johnson was killed. Forty-five other players and coaches were injured in the crash along Interstate 30 near Benton in central Arkansas. Most have been released from Arkansas hospitals.

King coaches the Tipton County Crush, which is part of the association. He had two players, ages 11 and 12, on the bus. The 12-year-old suffered a cracked skull and stitches on his face and head, while the 11-year-old received cuts and bruises.

King had already driven his own car home. Hearing about the crash was "the worst feeling ever," he said.

"The league was just trying to take those kids out of town and do something different," said the 31-year-old heavy machinery operator. "A lot of those kids will probably never be able to do something like that again."

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 around 2:40 a.m., police said.

One of the adults on the bus, Damous Hailey, told The Commercial Appeal newspaper that the bus swerved and then flipped "about 15 or 20 times" before landing on its side.

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, Tennessee, 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 officials 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 child who died had attended one of its schools.

The crash has shaken the low-income 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.

"For some of the inner-city kids, that's all they really have, they live to play football," said King. "They don't have Xbox Ones. They go outside to play football."

King said he doesn't think the "freak accident" will discourage the kids from playing football or participating on traveling teams.

"Those kids were having a blast out of town," King said. "They were all smiles. It was awesome. It just sucks it had to happen at the end of it."


Associated Press writers Jill Bleed and Hannah Grabenstein in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as researcher Jennifer Farrar in New York, contributed to this report.

Latest: Memphis man praises youth football after bus crash

BENTON, Ark. – The Latest on a bus crash in Arkansas that killed a third grader from Tennessee and left more than 40 others injured (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

A former member of a Tennessee youth football program that lost a player in a pre-dawn bus crash in Arkansas says the program can keep children from being lured into a world of drugs and crime.

One child from the Orange Mound Youth Association in Memphis was killed Monday when a charter bus veered off Interstate 30 near Benton, Arkansas, and tumbled down an embankment. At least 45 other people were hurt in the crash.

Resident Carlos Morgan says youth football is important in low-income neighborhoods such as Orange Mound because it "helps keep kids out of trouble," and "shows the kids what the world actually is like."

The 30-year-old Morgan says he was once a player on a youth traveling squad. He says the program "gives kids opportunity and brings the community together."


3:30 p.m.

A trauma center says 22 of the 26 children admitted to the hospital after a charter bus crashed in Arkansas have been discharged to their families.

Officials at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock said the four remaining children are all in stable condition and are expected to fully recover from their injuries.

The children admitted to the children's hospital are all between the ages of 9 and 13.

Surgeon in Chief and Trauma Medical Director Dr. Todd Maxson says some suffered brain and skull injuries, while others had broken bones and lacerations. Maxson says two children underwent emergency operations and are in stable condition.


3 p.m.

A Memphis public school superintendent says a third grader from one of its charter schools was killed in a bus crash in central Arkansas.

Speaking at a news conference Monday afternoon, Aspire Public Schools superintendent Nickalous Manning did not reveal the boy's name, but said he was "full of life, full of energy."

At least 45 other people were injured when a charter bus plowed off an interstate and tumbled down an embankment near Benton, Arkansas, before dawn Monday.

Manning says the loss of the boy is "going to be hard to heal from."

Bobby White, a spokesman for the Achievement School District in Memphis, said students from five of the district's schools were in the bus that crashed.


9:30 a.m.

Authorities say the driver of a charter bus that crashed in Arkansas, killing one child and injuring dozens of people, told authorities she lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll off the interstate.

Arkansas State Police say the bus involved in Monday morning's crash was owned by Scott Shuttle Service of Somerville, Tennessee.

State police say the bus was carrying a youth all-star football team that was returning home to the Memphis area after competing in a tournament over the weekend in Texas.

According to police, one child was killed and 45 people were injured. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals.

The wreck happened on Interstate 30 near Benton, which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock.


9 a.m.

Arkansas State Police say a 45 people, most of them children, have been injured in a fatal crash involving a charter bus that was carrying a youth football team from Tennessee.

Police say one child was killed in the Monday morning accident along Interstate 30 near Benton, which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock. State police say the charter bus was traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee.

State Police spokesman Bill Sadler says the injured were taken to several hospitals in Little Rock and Benton. Authorities initially said 40 people had been injured, but Sadler said later Monday that number had increased to 45.

Sadler tells Little Rock television station KATV that a child was confirmed dead on the bus. He says many of the children had cellphones and were able to contact their parents.

Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock says it has 24 patients from the wreck. The hospital says all of the patients are in stable condition, though details about the injures weren't immediately available. A family center has been set up to help parents reunite with their children.


6:35 a.m.

Authorities say 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.

Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock says it received more than 20 patients following the Monday morning crash. Authorities say 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 say the wreck happened along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock. State police say 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 say the bus overturned after driving off the interstate. The bus driver is being questioned by troopers


6 a.m.

Authorities say a charter bus carrying a youth football team has crashed in Arkansas, killing one child and injuring at least 40 other people.

Arkansas State Police say the wreck happened early Monday along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock. State police say the charter bus was traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee.

Police say the bus was carrying a football team that had played in a championship game in Dallas over the weekend. Police say most of the injured are children who were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton.

Authorities did not immediately identify which school was involved. State police say the bus overturned after driving off the interstate. The bus driver is being questioned by troopers.