Multiple buses carrying youth football players, coaches, parents crash into tanker on I-75

MONROE, Mich., (WXYZ) - Police are investigating an accident in Monroe on I-75 involving a tanker and multiple buses carrying a Southfield youth football team.

A representative from the team tells 7 Action News four buses carrying Southfield Jayhawks football players, coaches and parents were heading toward Knoxville Tennessee for a national tournament. Around 4:30 a.m. the lead bus carrying 30 passengers crashed into a rolled-over tanker.

Police say the driver of the tanker, 38-year-old Dedric Carpenter served to avoid a deer causing it to jack-knife and rollover. They also say the tanker was empty.

The driver of the lead bus, 57-year-old Kay Chatman of Detroit, attempted to avoid the tanker but was side-swiped. She was seriously injured but managed to save all the kids, coaches and parents.

Chatman is being called a hero.

Both Chatman and one additional adult were transported to Mercy Hospital in Monroe and will remain overnight with injuries and cuts from the shattered glass.

Carpenter was transported to South Shore Hospital in Trenton, MI for minor injuries. Four to five players aged 9-10 years-old also suffered minor injures.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. on I-75 near 24 Mile and Newport Road. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

The three additional buses not involved in the accident continued on to Knoxville.

I-75 is re-opened at this time after being closed for several hours. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call 734-240-7768.


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