Organizers of trip to football tournament devastated by deadly bus crash


The community is coming to grips with Monday morning’s deadly charter bus crash that killed one Memphis-area child and injured dozens more.

The bus was filled with Mid-South football players and adults when it turned over and rolled off an Arkansas highway. 9-year-old Kameron Johnson died in the crash in Saline County.

This deadly accident is especially difficult for the adult mentors, who organized this tournament in recent months, which allowed many of the players to leave Memphis for the first time this past weekend.

“It was a super fun experience and it ended in a complete tragedy,” said J.T. Bragaw, director of Tipton County Crush. “Devastating, I mean, absolutely devastating. How would you feel if your adopted sons told you they were in a crash? My gut came out of my stomach.”

Bragaw is director of the Tipton County Crush, one of 11 Mid-South youth teams from the ‘Orange Mound Youth Association’ who competed this weekend.    

“It was huge trip for these kids, and these boys bonded like brothers, knowing that they played against each other all year and they were rivals, it’s just not good. It’s sad,” said Bragaw.

Of the 26 children initially admitted at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, four remain hospitalized. Doctors expect all will make full recoveries, but said two children needed emergency operations for broken bones and organ injuries.

“This hospital has went above and beyond for us, for the coaches, for the families, for the players, we couldn’t ask for a better hospital,” said Bragaw.

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