6 Children Killed in Chattanooga School Bus Crash

Six children are dead and dozens more injured after a school bus crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee. According to Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher, the driver, identified as Johnthony Walker, 24, was taken into custody and faces five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving charges.

Johnthony Walker
Johnthony Walker
The students were in kindergarten through fifth grade, she said, which would make them roughly aged between five and 10. Reports indicate that high-speeds appeared to have contributed to the crash, which happened at 4 p.m. CST, Fletcher said.

The school bus crash left five children dead. Five students died at the scene and a sixth died at a hospital, according to Melydia Clewell, spokeswoman for the Hamilton County District Attorney’s office.

Clewell said two or three children who were in hospital “could go either way.”

Federal transportation investigators are opening a probe into the crash, and planned to send a team to Chattanooga on Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board said. School officials had not found any complaints filed against the driver, Clewell said.