Troopers continue investigation of Lakeside school bus crash


    DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY | The Nashville News
    This Lakeside School District bus was involved in an accident on Friday along Highway 70 near Newhope. Several high school football players and a coach were treated and released for their injuries.

    NEWHOPE –Arkansas
    State Police continue to
    investigate the school
    bus accident that occurred
    on Friday afternoon
    on Highway 70 in
    Pike County.
    At approximately
    3:45 p.m., on Fri., Oct. 23,
    Arkansas State Troopers
    were dispatched to
    a motor vehicle crash
    involving a single vehicle.
    The vehicle has been
    identified as a Lakeside
    School District bus that
    had been transporting
    football team members
    to DeQueen, according to
    a press release issued by
    the ASP.
    Don Pierce, Lakeside
    athletic director, told the media that Coach H.E.
    Burchard was injured in the
    All injured students and
    coaches are in stable condition,
    Cook said, and the eight
    students treated at Howard
    Memorial Hospital was released
    Friday night.
    The crash scene was reported
    to be along U.S. Highway
    70 near the Newhope
    community in Pike County.
    “At this juncture of the
    State Police Highway Patrol
    Division investigation, State
    Troopers know of eight students
    who were transported
    to a Nashville (Howard Memorial)
    hospital by parents
    or other family members.
    Two students, along with
    the bus driver, identified
    as an assistant coach, were
    transported to a Hot Springs
    hospital. None of the injuries
    are believed to be life threatening.
    The school bus was
    traveling westbound and for
    reasons not certain yet in the
    investigation, veered across
    the eastbound lane striking
    an embankment along the
    south side of the highway,”
    according to the press release
    issued Friday evening.
    The bus was headed to De
    Queen, where Lakeside was
    scheduled to play the Leopards.
    The game has been
    rescheduled for Monday.