Superintendent: 7 students hurt in crash ranged from 3rd grade to 10th grade

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) – A multi-vehicle crash involving a Hoxie school bus, a dump truck, and several other vehicles has injured seven kids and the bus driver.

The crashed closed Highway 63 south of Walnut Ridge for several hours on Tuesday.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation said the crash involved a Hoxie school bus, a dump truck, and several other vehicles, that left the bus flipped over in a ditch.

One child was airlifted to Le Bonheur Children’s Hosptial in Memphis. Another child was also transported to Le Bonheur according to Hoxie School District Superintendent Kelly Gillham.

Gillham told Region 8 News the children at Le Bonheur had serious injuries, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Five other children on the bus, including the bus driver, were taken to local hospitals to be checked out. Their conditions were not known.

The children on the bus ranged from third-graders to tenth-graders.

Rebecca Worsham with the Mixon & Worsham PLC that represents the school told Region 8 News that all individuals were awake and alert when they were being transported from the scene of the accident.

Gillham said counseling will be available to all students at the Hoxie schools on Wednesday.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) – A multi-vehicle crash involving a Hoxie school bus, a dump truck, and several other vehicles has closed Highway 63 south of Walnut Ridge.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation says the crash involved a Hoxie school bus, a dump truck, and several other vehicles, that left the bus flipped over in a ditch.

One child was airlifted, but the condition of the child is not known.

All other children on the bus were taken to local hospitals to be checked out.

The bus was flipped into a nearby ditch, and the video shows heavy damage to the back of the bus.

The crash involves a Hoxie school bus, a dump truck, several other vehicles and injuries are reported.
The crash involves a Hoxie school bus, a dump truck, several other vehicles and injuries are reported. (Source: KAIT)

A Hoxie school official tells Region 8 News the bus involved in the crash would be known as bus 5, which makes stops in southeast Hoxie and Highway 63.

The crash is about 1.6 miles south of the Highway 91 intersection.

The southbound lanes of Highway 63 are being rerouted at this time.

The crash involves a Hoxie school bus, a dump truck, several other vehicles and injuries are reported.
The crash involves a Hoxie school bus, a dump truck, several other vehicles and injuries are reported. (Source: KAIT)

A Hoxie School District school bus was rear-ended by a vehicle this afternoon. Seven students and the bus driver were injured in the accident and currently receiving medical attention. All individuals were awake and alert when they were being transported from the scene of the accident. The District will disclose further details once they become available.Rebecca Worsham, Attorney at Law, Mixon & Worsham PLC

Details are limited, but Region 8 News has a crew at the scene and will have more updates as soon as they become available.

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