Washington, Nov 22: At least six children lost lives on Monday afternoon after a school bus ran into a tree in Chattanooga, US, authorities said.
Five children reportedly died at the spot; while another died at a hospital, a spokeswoman for Neal Pinkston, the Hamilton County district attorney general, said on Monday afternoon.
Nearly two dozen of the 35 Woodmore Elementary School students on the bus were rushed to Erlanger Hospital after the accident, which took place before 3:30 p.m. about a mile from the school, Chief Fred Fletcher of the Chattanooga Police Department said on Monday night.Road conditions at the accident site, at Howard Avenue and Talley Road, appeared to be “clear and dry,” Chief Fletcher said, adding that officials were investigating whether speed or alcohol played a role in the crash.
“Multiple fatalities,” Chattanooga Assistant Police Chief Tracy Arnold said, explaining that the department was unable to offer an exact number.
The police were questioning with the bus driver on Monday evening and planned to review a video from the bus.
While some media outlets cited the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office saying that six persons were killed, a television news network reported at least 12 deaths.