Authorities say all four individuals who died when a junior college football team bus crashed this weekend had South Carolina ties, including two students who attended Clinton College in Rock Hill, the school announced.
North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers say the crash happened after the bus blew a tire while driving along U.S. 74 in Rockingham, North Carolina. The Rock Hill Herald reports the bus was carrying members of the Ramah JUCO Academy football team, which was traveling to a game with University of God’s Chosen later in the day.
Ramah’s website says the team is available for community college students in the Charlotte region who wish to play football. The team is “dedicated to giving a second chance for those who have made mistakes academically and those who are looking for a place to leave it on the floor.”
The bus driver was identified as 43-year-old Brian Kirkpatrick of Chester, while the deceased students who attended Clinton College were 21-year-old Devonte Gibson of Rock Hill and 19-year-old Teto Hamilton of Pahokee, Florida. 10-year-old Darice Hicks of Rock Hill also died in the crash.
Troopers say 42 other people on the bus were hurt, but their injuries did not appear life-threatening.