Multiple children dead in school bus crash in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga police say an elementary school bus crash has sent 23 people to area hospitals.

The district attorney says six people are dead following the crash. Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston told media outlets that five people died at the scene and one died at the hospital.

Police say they do not have an exact number of dead to release at this time and they are still working an active scene and trying to notify all families involved.

It was a single vehicle crash. Police Chief Fred Fletcher says speed may be a factor in the crash.

Fletcher said 35 schoolchildren were on the bus.

Fletcher said at a news conference that the bus was the only vehicle involved in the crash. The students on board ranged from kindergarten through fifth grade.

At the state Capitol in Nashville, Gov. Bill Haslam called the crash “a tragic event” and offered assistance.

Fletcher said police were interviewing the bus driver to determine what happened.

The bus was carrying students from Woodmore Elementary.

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