School bus driver killed, children injured in Mississippi crash

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BENTON COUNTY, MS (WATN) – A school bus crash in North Mississippi has left the bus driver dead and several children injured.

The wreck happened early Tuesday morning on Highway 72 in Benton County. According to the Benton County School District, there were students on the bus going to the elementary, middle, and high school in Ashland. The bus was at the beginning of the route when troopers said it rolled over around 6:40 a.m.

The Benton County Schools superintendent says the driver, Chester Cole, died. We are told Cole may have suffered a heart attack. The superintendent said Cole worked for the district for five years

“He was one of the most dependable drivers we had in the district. He was a very hardworking man. I’m sorry this happened. I give my regards to the family,” Bostick said.

The superintendent says the injured children’s ages range from 7 to 13-years-old.

We are told at least nine children were injured. Eight were taken to Le Bonheur in Memphis, and four of those children had to be airlifted. Four of the children are listed in serious condition. Four are expected to be released later Tuesday. We are told the ninth child was taken to Methodist in Olive Branch, unknown condition.

Le Bonheur is holding a 12:30 p.m. news conference.

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The wreck happened early Tuesday morning on Highway 72 in Benton County. According to the Benton County School District, there were students on the bus going to the elementary, middle and high school in Ashland.

The Benton County Schools superintendent says the driver, Chester Cole, died. At least three children were airlifted to Le Bonheur in Memphis.

WATN is still working to get more details of how many injuries and the severity of the injuries.

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