Up To 6 Killed In Charter Bus Crash In Arkansas

A bus manufactured by Belgian coach builder Van Hool, an older model than this one, crashed in Arkansas.
A bus manufactured by Belgian coach builder Van Hool, an older model than this one, crashed in Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov 6 (Reuters) - As many as six people died early on Friday morning when a charter bus veered off an interstate highway in Arkansas and crashed into an overpass abutment, according to state police.

Many other people were also injured in the crash at about 1 a.m. along Interstate 40 in North Little Rock and were transported for care by ambulance, state police said. Authorities did not give an exact number of victims.

No other vehicle was involved, police said. Police did not say if foggy weather played a factor in the crash.

Three victims were taken to the medical center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Two were discharged, and one is in fair condition, medical center spokeswoman Liz Caldwell said.

Bridgette Williams of the Arkansas chapter of American Red Cross told KTHV-TV in Little Rock that the agency was sheltering some of the survivors.

“Obviously it’s been a traumatic morning for them,” Williams said.

Photos of the bus after the crash showed a crumpled roof. The name “Continental” was on the side of the vehicle.

Jeff Lawson, owner of Detroit-based Continental Charters, said his company sold the bus, a T2140 Van Hool 1997 model, on Saturday to Vazquez Citrus & Hauling for $8,000. He said the buyer was supposed to remove the Continental lettering from the bus before operating it.

Reuters called a company in Florida listed as Vazquez Citrus & Hauling, and a woman hung up the phone.

(Reporting by Steve Barnes in Little Rock, Ark., Ben Klayman in Detroit, Mich. and Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Editing by Phil Berlowitz and Lisa Von Ahn)

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