Six die in Chat­tanooga school bus crash

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Six peo­ple were killed Mon­day when a Chat­tanooga school bus with 35 chil­dren aboard crashed, turned on its side and wrapped around a tree, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict at­tor­ney.

Hamil­ton County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Neal Pinkston told media out­lets that five peo­ple died at the scene and one died at the hos­pi­tal. Me­ly­dia Clewell, spokes­woman for the dis­trict at­tor­ney, con­firmed the num­ber.

Pre­vi­ously, Chat­tanooga Po­lice As­sis­tant Chief Tracy Arnold said of­fi­cials would not iden­tify the stu­dents who died, or their ages, un­til par­ents were no­ti­fied. Twenty-three chil­dren were brought to hospi­tals, of­fi­cials said.

The bus was car­ry­ing stu­dents from Wood­more El­e­men­tary rang­ing from kinder­garten to fifth grade.

“Our hearts go out, as well as the hearts of all these peo­ple be­hind me, to the fam­i­lies, the neigh­bor­hood, the school, for all the peo­ple in­volved in this, we as­sure you we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can,” Chat­tanooga Po­lice Chief Fred Fletcher said.

Fletcher said at a news con­fer­ence that the bus was the only ve­hi­cle in­volved in the crash.

At the state Capi­tol in Nashville, Gov. Bill Haslam called the crash “a tragic event” and of­fered as­sis­tance.

“We’re go­ing to do ev­ery­thing we can to as­sist in any way,” Haslam said. “It’s a sad sit­u­a­tion any­time there’s a school bus with chil­dren in­volved, which there is in this case.”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

In a photo pro­vided by the Chat­tanooga Fire Depart­ment via the Chat­tanooga Times Free Press, Chat­tanooga Fire Depart­ment per­son­nel work the scene of Tues­day’s fa­tal el­e­men­tary school bus crash in Chat­tanooga, Tenn.

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