Bus Driver Arrested In Chattanooga, State Mourns Childrens’ Deaths


It has been a 24 hours of sadness across the State as 5 children are reported dead in yesterday’s school bus crash in Chattanooga.

Bus Driver Arrested

Chattanooga Police arrested the 24-year-old driver, Johnthony Walker, and are charging him with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, according to police. Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher says there may be additional charges later.

5 Dead, 6 Remain Critical Condition

Three fourth graders, a first grader, and a kindergartner all died from injuries. 12 children remain in the hospital, 6 are in critical condition. The other children have returned home to their familes.

A Statewide Community Mourns

Across the state, including here in Rutherford County , people try to come to grips with this tradgedy:

“Our hearts go out … to the families, the neighborhood, the school, for all the people involved in this,”  “We assure you we are doing everything we can.”  Chattanooga Police Chief Chris Fletcher

“It’s the toughest thing you will ever do in your life,” Kelly told reporters outside the school Tuesday. “Our hearts go out with the families.” Chattanooga Schools Superintendent Kirk Kelly

Prayers for Chattanooga.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Chattanooga during this heartbreaking tragedy.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with victims of today’s tragic school bus crash in Chattanooga. It’s always a very sad situation when you have a school bus crash with children involved and we will do everything we can to assist the local authorities and the victims’ families.”

Governor Haslam

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