6 dead in Tenn. el­e­men­tary school bus crash

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CHAT­TANOOGA, Tenn. — Blood­ied stu­dents lay on stretch­ers, while other chil­dren walked away dazed with their par­ents af­ter an el­e­men­tary school bus crash that killed six Mon­day in Chat­tanooga.

Chat­tanooga po­lice Chief Fred Fletcher said the crash was “ev­ery pub­lic safety pro­fes­sional’s worst night­mare.”

The bus was car­ry­ing 35 chil­dren from Wood­more El­e­men­tary, stu­dents in kinder­garten through fifth grade, when it crashed about 3:30 p.m., turned on its side and wrapped around a tree.

Fletcher said po­lice were interviewing the bus driver. He told re­porters later that in­ves­ti­ga­tors were look­ing at speed “very, very strongly” as a factor. The bus was the only ve­hi­cle in­volved but the crash scene cov­ers a sig­nif­i­cant area, he said.

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