School Bus Crah in Chattanooga, Tennessee … At Least 5 Children Dead, Many More Injured (Update: Bus Driver Johnthony Walker Arrested)
HORRIFIC SCHOOL BUS CRASH, MANY CHILDREN CONSIDERED DECEASED …
A school bus carrying 35 students in kindergarten through fifth-grade from Woodmore Elementary School over-turned on its side and struck the tree in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Authorities received a call about the crash just before 3:30 p.m. Monday regarding the terrible crash. Sadly, 5 children were confirmed dead and many more injured. , Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said 23 victims were transported to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Speed is being considered a factor of the single vehicle accident as the weather conditions were clear and dry. Say a prayer for those who lost loved ones.
Hamilton County Superintendent Kirk Kelly confirmed Tuesday morning that five students— three 4th graders, a kindergartner and a first grader — were killed in the crash. 12 children remain hospitalized.
Of those hospitalized, six remained in intensive care, Kelly said. The the remaining 20 students, he said, were home with their families.
“It’s the toughest thing you will ever do in your life,” Kelly told reporters outside the school Tuesday. “Our hearts go out with the families.”
The National Transportation Safety Board is heading to Chattanooga in the morning.
That’s after a school bus crash kills several children and injures more than 20 others.
“A bus crash involving school children is every public safety professional’s worst nightmare.”
A nightmare that became reality for multiple safety professionals who responded to a deadly school bus crash in the 300 block of Talley Road in Chattanooga. Shortly after 3 O’clock in the afternoon, a school bus that was carrying 35 children from Woodmoore Elementary lost control and crashed into a tree after it flipped over. One of the children who was on that bus explained what happened.
“He wasn’t paying attention. He was going real fast and he hit garbage bag. We then hit mailbox then flip over and hit a tree real hard.”
Despite that statement, investigators have yet to determine what caused the crash.
Woodmore Elementary School bus driver Johnthony Walker has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, according to Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher.