10-year-old among 4 killed in charter bus crash in Rockingham

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. -- Four people, including a 10-year-old boy, died and 42 were taken to the hospital Saturday when a charter bus carrying a football team from Ramah Juco Academy of Rock Hill crashed.

The bus was carrying 46 passengers, all college students, and was traveling Fayetteville to play against the University of God's Chosen Disciples football team, according to UGC coach Demetrius Hollingsworth.

The bus was carrying 46 passengers, all college students, and was traveling Fayetteville to play against the University of God's Chosen Disciples football team, according to UGC coach Demetrius Hollingsworth.

 

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol the 1993 MCI motor coach bus was traveling east on US74 when the front left tire blew, causing the vehicle to travel out of control into the median.

Injuries of the 42 people taken to the hospital varied from minor to critical, according to NCHP. The driver of the bus, 43-year-old Brian Andre Kirkpatrick of Chester, was among those who died. Devonte Gibson, 21, of Rock Hill, and Teto Hamilton, 19, of Pahokee, Fla. were also killed. Darice Hicks, a 10-year-old from Rock Hill was killed in the crash.

"The majority of the occupants were from Clinton College based in Rock Hill. It is unclear at this time if Clinton College has an actual football team or if their students participate in an off-campus athletic football team," said the NCSHP.

NBC Charlotte's Mike Hanson was told that family members of the players were following the bus and witnessed the crash.

Derrick Crawford of Ramah Juco Academy took to Facebook Saturday morning to promote the "very first College prep football game that will be played in Fayetteville NC today."

The speed limit in the area the bus was traveling is 70 mph. All westbound lanes were closed on Interstate 74 following the incident.

 

According to Ramah Jucco's website, the 'Ramah Rams Athletics' athletic program is, "a new two-year program that's dedicated to giving a second chance to those that have made mistakes academically and those that are looking for a place to leave it on the field."

The Ramah Jucco Program lists Saturday's game as their inaugural game.

The President of University of God's Chosen took to Facebook to express thoughts for RJA's team. 

 


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