‘Multiple fatalities’ reported after elementary school bus crashes into Tennessee home
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) - Police say several people were killed when a school bus carrying elementary school students crashed into a home Monday afternoon.
Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said there were roughly 35 children on the bus at the time of the crash.
The police department confirmed in a press conference there were "multiple fatalities," but did not specify how many people had died, stating it was at least four or five.
The District Attorney's Office later said five children had died at the scene and one had passed away at a hospital.
Chief Fletcher reported 23 patients had been transported to local hospitals and said the bus driver is cooperating with police.
Children in kindergarten through fifth grade were riding the bus.
Hamilton County Emergency Services and Chattanooga Police responded to the scene at 313 Talley Road shortly after 3:30 p.m.
A representative with Woodmore Elementary School has confirmed that Bus 366 was carrying students from the school and was involved in the crash.
According to the Hamilton County Department of Education, Tuesday is the last day of school before students' Thanksgiving break.
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., said on Twitter, "I am absolutely heartbroken over this tragedy and I will pray for the children and their families."
Gov. Bill Haslam tweeted, "Thoughts, prayers to victims of tragic school bus crash in Chattanooga & their families. A very sad situation. Will do all we can to assist."
A neighbor living on Talley Road near the crash said the bus was laying on its side and children were escaping from the roof hatch.
Neighbors say the woman who lives inside the house appeared to be OK and was outside the home speaking with 911.
Blood Assurance is calling for the community to donate blood.