1 dead, 40 injured

One child was killed and 40 others were injured when a charter bus overturned police said

At around 2:40 a.m. this morning, a charter bus overturned at the 111 mile marker on Interstate 30.

"On behalf of all Memphians, our hearts and prayers go out to the Orange Mound children and their families involved in this morning's tragic bus accident in Arkansas", Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement. Most of the injured have been taken to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

"One child is dead and at least 40 other individuals, a lot of them children, are reported to be injured", the Arkansas state police said in a Facebook post. Officials at Arkansas Children's also moved quickly to establish a family reunification area, while state troopers have questioned the driver of the bus, which appears to have crashed near a highway exit with a sharp curve.

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 did not immediately say which schools the children attended.

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Orange Mound is a historically black neighbourhood in southeast Memphis that comes together around its youth football teams, where kids train to be part of the highly competitive Melrose High School squad.

Authorities haven't talked about what caused the crash that happened under the cloak of darkness.

Dr. Todd Maxson, surgeon in chief and trauma medical director at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, said 22 of the 26 children aged 9 to 13 who were admitted to the facility had been released by late Monday afternoon.

Arkansas state police confirmed one person died. A hospital spokeswoman said she couldn't provide any details, citing privacy laws.

The community was created for and by African-Americans after the Civil War, and black-owned businesses flourished there until desegregation enabled residents to live elsewhere.

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