Seven students, driver injured after dump truck hits school bus

HOXIE, Ark. – A large truck crashed into a school bus occupied with several children Tuesday afternoon in Hoxie.

A statement was released by the law firm Mixon & Worsham PLC, who represent the school.

A Hoxie School District school bus was rear-ended by a vehicle this afternoon. Seven students and the 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.

Region 8 News reported one child was airlifted to Memphis in unknown condition, due to the accident. They also reported the bus was flipped over in a ditch and several other vehicles were involved in the accident.

The accident happened on Highway 63, south of the Highway 91 intersection.

Arkansas State Police have issued this update:

Seven children who were onboard a Hoxie (Lawrence County) School bus were injured about 3:45 this afternoon (Tuesday, January 21) when a dump truck, traveling south along U.S. Highway 63, south of Hoxie, impacted the rear of the bus as it began to turn-off the main highway onto Lawrence County Road 703.  The crash caused the bus to veer off the roadway and overturn.  The adult drivers of both the bus and truck were also injured.

All of the occupants of the bus were transported to a Jonesboro hospital, with the exception of one child, who was airlifted to a Memphis hospital.  The bus was being driven by Jeremy Parmer, 43.  The truck was driven by Houston Franks, 31.  Franks was also transported to a Jonesboro hospital.

Although two of the minors onboard the bus had to be extricated from the wreckage, none of the injuries initially assessed at the scene, were believed to be life threatening.

State Troopers assigned to the Highway Patrol Division, Troop B, and a reconstruction team from the Highway Patrol Division administrative command offices in Little Rock will lead the investigation into the crash

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