Imagine getting the call that your child’s bus was just involved in a horrific crash. Worse yet, imagine seeing that crash displayed all over the #News and social media, knowing it was your child’s bus. Many parents lived this nightmare on November 21, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A school bus, carrying a total of 37 children crashed, wrapping itself around a tree.
School bus crash is a parent’s worst nightmare
According to WBIR news, 5 children died in the bus wreck in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Monday afternoon. The children ranged from fourth grade down to kindergarten. Four boys and one girl died while many more were seriously injured. 12 of the children remain in the hospital as of this report, one reportedly in ICU. Some children were not even reunited with their parents until nearly 11:30 PM the night of the school bus crash, due to the chaos and transporting injured kids to hospitals. It took several hours to extradite kids as the wreckage laid on its side, shoved up against a tree.
Bus driver faces multiple charges
The driver of the bus, Johnthony Walker, has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. According to Chattanooga Police Chief, Fred Fletcher, more charges may be coming as the investigation continues. It is believed that the 24-year-old bus driver may have been speeding.
The school bus, that carried students from Woodmore Elementary school, was the only vehicle involved in the crash. According to news reports, the bus left the road and crashed into a tree. Walker is cooperating with police as the investigation gets underway as to exactly what happened to cause the death of these 5 children and the injuries of so many more.
Johnthony Walker, 24, charged w/ 5 counts vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment & reckless driving in Talley Rd school bus crash. pic.twitter.com/9ZTIpXUZNl— Chattanooga Police (@ChattanoogaPD) November 22, 2016
School remains open and supportive to families
The Hamilton County Department of Education said that school will remain open in the wake of this awful #school bus crash and offered counseling services to the students. According to a post on HCDE’s Facebook page, they also stated that they understood if any parent wished to keep their child home in the days following the accident.
Grief counselors are on hand at the school to help the students and the staff cope with the horrific school bus crash in Chattanooga and with the loss of their classmates and students. The National Transportation Safety Board is also in Chattanooga to investigate the school bus crash. A warrant has been issued to remove the information box on the bus to help in the investigation. #Crime