- A school bus carrying 35 school children skidded, then turned over; pinning to d***h at least six children while leaving 24 others injured
- Johnthony Walker, 24, the driver, was charged for five counts of reckless endangerment
- Rescuers spent several hours in getting the passengers out of the overturned bus
A school bus in Chattanooga, Tennesee carrying 35 school children skidded, then turned over pinning to d***h at least six children while leaving 24 others injured.
As per a Daily Express story, the bus, driven by Johnthony Walker, 24, was to bring the kids to their homes from Woodmore Elementary School when the tragic accident happened. The driver was charged for five counts of reckless endangerment.
Five died on the spot while the other perished at the hospital, district attorney spokeswoman Melydia Clewell claimed.
The school children are believed to be at ages between five and 11 years old.
It was feared that 12 kids perished in the accident, but police have yet to confirm.
Melydia Clewell, spokesperson of the district attorney, said the d***h toll could rise.
Paramedics treated on a front yard two kids covered in blood, while some children who had cuts on their faces were not brought to the hospital, a report said.
Investigation showed the school bus had crashed into a tree; adding that no other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Rescue services managed to cut into the overturned school bus and pull children out from the vehicle after which they were taken to a hospital in ambulances.
Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, said: “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,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.
Rescuers spent several hours in getting the passengers out of the overturned bus. Emergency officials managed to pull out the last patient through the back door of the bus.
Blood donors reportedly queued up outside the Chattanooga Blood Assurance, which kept its doors open into the evening.