Driver dies, several students injured in Mississippi school bus crash

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BENTON COUNTY, Miss. (WATN) – A school bus crash in northern Mississippi killed the bus driver and injured several students, officials said.

The wreck happened early Tuesday morning on Highway 72 in Benton County, Mississippi. According to the Benton County School District, there were students on the bus going to the elementary, middle, and high school in Ashland, Mississippi.

The Benton County Schools superintendent says the driver, Chester Cole, died. Cole may have suffered a heart attack, officials said.

At least eight children were injured and taken to Le Bonheur in Memphis, and four of those children had to be airlifted. At least four children are listed in critical condition.

A ninth child was taken to a different hospital in unknown condition.

No further information was released.

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