LISTEN: First responders scramble to save young crash victims

Radio traffic reveals first responders' efforts to save young crash victims

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As soon as people started calling 911 to report a deadly bus crash near Little Rock, first responders in Saline County, Arkansas and surrounding areas rush to get to the scene as quickly as possible.

“Probably 25 if not 30 up here on the highway walking wounded ... ages probably 5 to 6 up to late teens."

Around 2 a.m. in the middle of nowhere a charter bus carrying young football players from Memphis flipped west of Little Rock.

“About 20 people hurt, some people are still trapped.”

Scanners recorded paramedics trying to help the injured.

LISTEN: First responders scramble to save young crash victims

"Bring me all the medical supplies you got ... backboards ... get it up here. We’ve got some people hurt pretty bad.”

Radio traffic reveals the uncertainty facing first responders, even half an hour after arriving at the scene.

“How many dedicated air units do we have en route at this time? I need at least four in route. We’ll advise further or cancel if not needed, but I want them en route.”

Hours later authorities confirmed a child died in the crash and 45 other passengers were injured. Local schools are now raising money for the victims and their families.

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