According to CBS News, the start of a football season in North Carolina ended tragically for a junior college team headed to their first game Saturday. There were four people killed and over 40 people injured when a bus crashed on Interstate-74 by Rockingham, North Carolina, among the deceased was a coach’s 10-year-old son.
The bus was carrying players of a club football team when the front left tire blew, sending the bus into a guardrail. Four passengers including the bus driver were killed, and 42 people were injured.
The quarterback, Rayqwon Corbitt-Washington, mentioned that he was sitting in the back of the bus listening to his iPad whenever the tire blew. He said that as soon as the bus stopped everyone jumped out of the window, and he started calling his friend Teto’s name. There was no answer, so he went to the other side of the bus and found him dead.
Among the deceased are players Teto Hamilton, 19 and Devonte Gibson, 21. These players were both students of Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Darice Hicks, who is the 10-year-old son of one of the coaches, was also killed in the crash.
Investigators are looking into the bus company safety record, the driver’s history, and the speed.
Jeff Gordon, Lieutenant with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, stated that this was one of the worst he has seen in his 23 years on the job, especially when you have a group of students that are just beginning their lives.
The injured, devastated players returned to their small private college Sunday. Clinton College stated that Sunday that their priority is to offer support to the traumatized student body, faculty, and staff. Therefore, all classes were cancelled Monday, September 19, 2016.
According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2014, 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
From 2004 to 2014, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, and school buses and transit buses accounted for 41 percent and 33 percent of all buses involved in fatal crashes.