School bus driver ar­rested as city mourns 5 chil­dren

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

A school bus driver was be­hind bars Tues­day af­ter a crash killed five young­sters and plunged Chat­tanooga into mourn­ing over what the mayor called the “most un­nat­u­ral thing in the world” — a par­ent los­ing a child.

Po­lice said John­thony Walker, 24, was speed­ing along a nar­row, wind­ing road Mon­day af­ter­noon when he wrapped his ve­hi­cle around a tree. Walker was ar­rested and charged with five counts of ve­hic­u­lar homi­cide.

Reel­ing from the tragedy, Chat­tanoogans lined up to do­nate blood, cre­ated a memo­rial of flow­ers and stuffed toys at the crash scene and planned an evening prayer vigil.

“It’s real tough, said Du­juan Butchee, whose daugh­ters, Jamya and Janesa, are eighth-graders who used to go to the same school as the young­sters killed in the wreck. “It’s tough on my kids be­cause they know some of the vic­tims as well.”

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