One child is dead and at least 40 other individuals, most of them children, are reported to be injured, as the result of a bus crash west of Benton early this morning.  The injured have been transported to area hospitals in Little Rock and Benton.

The crash was reported to Arkansas State Police about 2:40 AM and was located at the 111 mile marker along Interstate 30.

Troopers say a charter bus traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee left the roadway and overturned. The bus driver is alive and is being questioned by state troopers.

The bus was carrying a youth football team that had played in championship game in Dallas during the weekend.

More information will be distributed by the Arkansas State Police later this morning through an updated news release.