Horrible story out of Tennessee last night. At around 3:30 P.M., a bus carrying 35 children flipped onto its side and crashed into a tree in Chattanooga, Tennessee, leaving six children dead. The driver of the bus, Johnthony Walker, was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. Specifically, Walker is being charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, but could face more charges as the case proceeds to a Hamilton County Grand Jury, Chattanooga police Chief Fred Fletcher said. Furthermore, Walker has been cooperative and talking to investigators, police said.
Of the five children confirmed dead after the Monday afternoon bus crash, three were fourth-graders at Woodmore Elementary School, one was a first-grader and one was a kindergartner, according to Kirk Kelly, interim superintendent for Hamilton County Schools. Six students remain hospitalized in the intensive care unit, and six are in regular rooms at the hospital, Kelly said.
At this time, while the investigation is still underway, speed is being considered as a possible factor. A National Transportation Safety Board team is expected to arrive in Chattanooga and begin their investigation on Tuesday morning, Chairman Christopher Hart told reporters.
“Certainly, speed is being investigated very, very strongly as a factor in this crash,” Fletcher said, adding that the investigation was still at an early stage.He added that driving conditions were clear and dry. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.