A school bus rolled over in Mississippi yesterday, leaving the driver dead and several children seriously injured.
The crash happened on Highway 72 in Benton County
The Benton County Superintendent’s Office said eight children were hurt. Four of them were airlifted to a children’s hospital in serious condition.
The stepfather of one of the children taken by helicopter to the hospital said his daughter had broken several bones, including her leg and jaw.
Two of the injured students have been identified as siblings 13-year-old Halie Williams and 15-year-old Nathan Williams.
Authorities have identified the bus driver as Chester Cole.
No other vehicle was reportedly involved in the crash and the exact cause is still under investigation.
Cole’s family believe the 63-year-old driver suffered a cardiac event before the bus crashed. Cole’s granddaughter, who was a passenger on the bus, was injured but is expected to make a full recovery.
Cole reportedly clutched his chest and slumped over in his seat prior to the crash, leading the Benton County coroner to believe he had a heart attack.
“Chester has been driving for about five years now, and he’s one of the most dependable drivers we have in the district,” Benton County Schools Superintendent Steve Bostick said.