Bus carrying South Carolina college football team crashes, kills four including 10-year-old child
Fourth Estate Staff
Rockingham, NC, United States (4E) – A bus carrying South Carolina college football team members crashed near Rockingham, North Carolina and four people were killed including a 10-year-old child.
Between 40 and 50 people were also reportedly injured. The bus was said to be carrying members of the Ramah Juco Academy football team from Rock Hill, South Carolina to their first ever game against University of God’s Chosen ( UGC ) in Raeford , North Carolina.
UGC Coach Demetrius Hollingsworth said in a statement via a Facebook post that he is praying for the Ramah Juco members who have suffered an accident on their way to Fayetteville. He added, “Everyone pray for Coach Bakari Rawlinson ! Prayers out to you and your student athletes brother.”
Those who were killed is said to be the driver, named Brian Kirkpatrick, 43, the 10-year-old boy, named Daric Hicks, and two of the players of the team, identified as Tito Hamilton, 19, and Devonte Gibson, 21. Two of the deceased were said to be ejected from the bus while the two others were rescued from inside of the vehicle.
The front left tire of the bus reportedly blew out at around 2:30 P.M. on Saturday. Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Gordon said that the vehicle then went to the guardrail and it scraped the side of the concrete bridge column on U.S. Highway 74 near Hamlet, North Carolina.
One of the survivors, Ramah Academy player Tyreak Thompson, said that he was about to dose off when the bus slammed into the guardrail. He was hospitalized but has since been released. He shared, “Thank God some of us see another day, and I just pray for the families going through hard times right now.”
Two investigators will be deployed by the National Transportation Safety Board.