Arkansas bus crash: Memphis youth football coach describes chaos of fatal wreck

BENTON, Ark. – An early morning bus crash in central Arkansas on Monday that killed one Memphis, Tennessee, child and injured about 45 other children and adults was a chaotic scene as the bus began flipping and tumbling down hills and over a service road, one of the passengers on board said.

Damous Hailey was one of about a half-dozen adults on the private charter bus along with roughly 40 Memphis youth football players, ages 7 to 12. Hailey said he was sitting directly behind the driver.

"I heard her swerve," Hailey, 51, recalled at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, where he and some others who were injured were taken following the crash, which occurred about 2:40 a.m. on Interstate 30 west of Benton. "I was seated right behind her, and I knew immediately what was going on as we started just flipping about 15 or 20 times. It went down a hill, over a service road and down another hill."

One child died in the crash. He was identified as Kameron Johnson, 9, a third-grade student at Aspire Coleman Public Schools.

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