Chattanooga school bus speeding before deadly crash
At least 5 children have been confirmed dead following a school bus crash on Monday afternoon in Chattanooga, TN.
According to local officials, 35 elementary-aged students were on board at the time of the crash, 23 of which were transported to a nearby hospital following the incident.
The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. The driver of the bus lost control. swerved off the roadway where the bus turned on its side and wrapped around a tree.
Police said the driver of the bus, Johnthony Walker, 24, has been arrested and a warrant has been issued to remove the black box from the bus and review evidence on the bus’s video cameras. Kelly said this morning the school would cooperate with the investigation.
Walker has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. He is being held on a $20,000 bond. A preliminary court date has been set for Nov. 29.
Speed was being considered “very, very strongly as a factor in this crash,” Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said.
Three of the children were in fourth-grade, one was in first-grade and the other was a kindergartner, officials said.
Six students also remain in intensive care, but details had not been released.
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- Written by Jill Fowler