At Least 6 Children Dead in Chattanooga School Bus Crash
23 students were hospitalized and at least six children were killed on Monday afternoon after a school bus carrying roughly 35 students from Woodmore Elementary School crashed into a Brainerd home on Talley Road.
The Chattanooga Fire Department was quick to arrive on the scene and was able to remove all students from the wrecked bus, which was laying on its side following the crash. The children on board ranged from kindergarten to fifth grade students. Neighbors reported to a local news station that the woman who lives in the home appeared to be unhurt, and she was seen speaking with emergency responders outside the home.
School district administrators sent the following text message to parents in Hamilton County: “We just wanted to inform you that Hamilton County schools faced a great tragedy today. School and county personnel are on scene of a bus accident on Tally Road in Chattanooga. Extra counselors and support staff will be on hand to help students process this horrible incident.”
Said Governor Bill Haslam, “We’ve had a tragic event involving a school bus down in Hamilton County. We’re going to do everything we can to assist in any way. It’s a sad situation anytime there’s a school bus with children involved, which there is in this case. We will do everything we can to assist in what I think is going to be a very sad situation.”
Family members were urged to go directly to Woodmore Elementary to receive more information regarding their children, and Blood Assurance will be staying open late this evening to receive blood donations.
Patients and families are being treated at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, and the hospital released a statement assuring the public that they “will provide more information as soon as it is available.”
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