Multiple fatalities reported in chartered bus crash on Interstate 40 | Arkansas Blog

Friday, November 6, 2015

Multiple fatalities reported in chartered bus crash on Interstate 40

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 5:24 AM

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The State Police reports as many as six people are dead and others injured in a charter  bus crash about 1 a.m. today on Interstate 40 at North Hills Boulevard in North Little Rock.

The release this morning:

Initial reports from Arkansas State Troopers say there are as many as six deaths in an early morning charter bus collision along Interstate 40 in North Little Rock at the North Hills Boulevard overpass. Multiple individuals who sustained injuries have also been transported from the scene by ambulance.

The single vehicle crash was reported to state troopers about 1 AM today (Friday, November 6th). The charter bus was traveling westbound.

The bus left the roadway west of the I-40 and U.S. Highway 167 interchange and collided with an abutment of the North Hills overpass.

Westbound I-40 traffic near the crash scene was initially diverted through North Little Rock to the north interchange of Interstates 30 and 40. By 3 AM, one westbound lane through the crash scene area had been opened to traffic.

Channel 4 reports that 22 people were aboard the bus traveling from Michigan to Texas. Various media reports indicate the passengers were migrant workers.

UPDATE: Additional information from the State Police at a mid-morning news conference:

The bus was traveling from Monroe, Michigan to Laredo, Texas. The vehicle is owned by Vasquez Citrus and Hauling Company of Lake Placid, Florida.

The forty-seven passenger bus was carrying twenty-two individuals, among them one driver.

State Troopers have confirmed that six individuals onboard the bus died in the crash. Six individuals were transported from the scene to local hospitals with minor injuries. None have been hospitalized.

The driver of the bus has been identified as Roberto Vasquez, 28, of Monroe, Michigan. The driver agreed to be tested for intoxicants as prescribed by Arkansas law.

The Arkansas State Police will be working closely with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Highway Motor Carriers and the Arkansas Highway Transportation Department, Highway Police.

State Troopers are working with federal authorities and the Mexican Consulate to make notification of the deaths to next of kin who may be out of country.

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