Tennessee officials confirmed that there are fatalities in a serious school bus crash in Tennessee’s fourth largest city of Chattanooga.
Local media reports have put a death toll at 12 children, but this information has not been officially confirmed with Tennessee Highway Patrol reporting of “multiple” fatalities.
My heart goes out to the families of the children that were killed & injured in the school bus crash in Chattanooga this evening. TT
— Colonel THP (@THP_Colonel) November 21, 2016
Chattanooga fire and police departments have also confirmed “multiple” fatalities.
Multiple fatalities are involved in this bus crash. However, contrary to media reports, no firm numbers have been confirmed yet. #ChattFire
— Chattanooga FireDept (@ChattFireDept) November 21, 2016
Officials earlier reported about least 23 children had been hospitalized after what officials described as a “serious” school bus crash.
Local station WDEF reported that the need for blood donations was “critical,” and that Blood Assurance centers in Chattanooga would stay open until 7:00pm.
A bus driver is currently being questioned and is cooperating with investigators, police said.
The bus was carrying children from Woodmore Elementary School, when it crashed into a home and turned over on its side. Chattanooga Police Fred Fletcher has said that there were a total of 35 people on the bus at the moment of the crash. He specified that children were between Kindergarten age and through fifth grade.
Source: Word News