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Driver dies, 7 hurt in school bus crash

Some of the kids, who were between the ages of 7 and 13, were taken to hospitals by helicopter.
Credit: AP
Wrecker crews work on a Benton County School bus that was involved in wreck along U.S. Highway 72 near Walnut, Miss., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, that resulted in the death of the driver and sent several students to the hospital. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

WALNUT, Miss. (AP) — A school bus driver is dead and seven children are injured after a school bus rolled over in northern Mississippi.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol tells local news outlets that the driver died in the Tuesday morning incident, with the bus ending up on its side in a ditch.

Benton County school Superintendent Steve Bostick tells WMC-TV he believes the driver, Chester Cole, had some kind of medical emergency. Bostick says Cole had been working for the school district for five years.

Seven children between the ages of 7 and 13 were on the bus at the time. All were taken to hospitals in and around Memphis, Tennessee, some by helicopter.

Troopers say no other vehicles were involved in the wreck on U.S. Highway 72 west of Walnut.

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