COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a bus crash that killed four people in North Carolina (all times local):
Two federal investigators are going to North Carolina to check the tires on a bus that crashed, killing four people on their way to a South Carolina junior college’s first-ever football game.
National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Christopher O’Neil said in a statement that the agency hasn’t decided whether a full investigation is needed into the wreck that also injured 42 others Saturday afternoon on U.S. Highway 74 near Hamlet, North Carolina.
Troopers say the left front tire of the bus blew out, sending the left side scraping against a concrete bridge column. The driver of the bus died, along with two men with the Ramah Jucco Academy team and a 10-year-old child.
Most of the players went to Clinton College in Rock Hill. The school says it is canceling classes Monday and bringing in grief counselors.
Authorities say the bus driver and a 10-year-old child are among the four people killed when a bus carrying a junior college football team crashed on a North Carolina highway.
State troopers released a statement Sunday morning identifying the victims of Saturday’s crash. The bus driver was identified as 43-year-old Brian Kirkpatrick of Chester. The other victims were 10-year-old Darice Hicks of Rock Hill, 21-year-old Devonte Gibson of Rock Hill and 19-year-old Tito Hamilton of Pahokee, Florida.
Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Gordon says 42 other people on the bus were hurt, but their injuries don’t appear life-threatening.
Gordon says the bus blew a tire on U.S. Highway 74 near Hamlet, North Carolina.
Troopers say most of the players on the team came from Clinton College in Rock Hill.
This story has been corrected to change Hamilton’s first name to Tito from Teto.