Driver killed, 7 children injured in Mississippi school bus crash

Posted at 3:01 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 15:01:48-04

WALNUT, Miss. — A school bus driver is dead and seven children are injured as a school bus rolled over in northern Mississippi.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol tells local news outlets that the driver died in the Tuesday morning incident, with the bus ending up on its side in a ditch.

Video from CNN affiliate WMC showed the bus flipped on its side and resting in a grassy area next to the highway.

Benton County school Superintendent Steve Bostick tells WMC-TV he believes the driver, Chester Cole, had some kind of medical emergency. Bostick says Cole had been working for the school district for five years. It was unclear if he died as a result of the medical emergency or from injuries in the crash,

Seven children between the ages of 7 and 13 were on the bus at the time. All were taken to hospitals in and around Memphis, Tennessee, some by helicopter.

Troopers say no other vehicles were involved in the wreck on U.S. Highway 72 west of Walnut.