Bentonville AR bus wreck: Church bus rollover killed 1, hospitalized several

Legal News for Arkansas Bus Accident Attorneys. A church bus crash on I-40 killed one person and hospitalized several others.

News for Arkansas bus accident lawyers- Arkansas State Police officials to investigate church bus rollover accident that caused one fatality, injured several others.

Bentonville, AR—A church bus became involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident on Saturday night, April 24, 2010, as the bus was traveling to Bentonville, Arkansas from Little Rock, Arkansas. The fatal bus accident occurred along Interstate 40, in close proximity to the Johnson-Pope County line, according to information provided by 4029TV.com.

While details as to how the bus wreck occurred were minimal, reports stated the church bus was en route from a religious conference in Little Rock, Arkansas when it became involved in a severe rollover accident on I-40. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Emergency medical services (EMS) responders arrived at the scene of the bus accident to transport those injured to area hospital for treatment, however, one passenger apparently succumbed to her severe injuries at the scene. The fatally injured victim was identified as 56-year-old Ana Ortez. Approximately two-dozen others were transported from the scene to local hospitals to receive medical attention.

Upon receiving notification of the tragic accident, a minister from the First Baptist Church in Bentonville, Pastor Ken Montgomery, drove to the scene and spent the night in the area so he could transport the treated victims home the next day. Nonetheless, five injured victims allegedly remained hospitalized Monday afternoon. Two of those five patients were reported to be in critical condition.

Montgomery reportedly stated, “It was just a sad, very sad event… From the ones I talked to, they said it just happened so fast and they really couldn’t get out of the bus… By the time we got there, they sent some of them to surgery already and some of them were still being diagnosed… Some with broken bones, a broken arm, a broken hip.”

Arkansas State Police (ASP) officials are expected to conduct a full probe into the fatal bus wreck.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Arkansas Bus Accident Lawyers.