Multiple Children Killed in School Bus Crash on Talley Road


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The National Transportation Safety Board is heading to Chattanooga in the morning.

That’s after a school bus crash kills several children and injures more than 20 others.

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“A bus crash involving school children is every public safety professional’s worst nightmare.”

A nightmare that became reality for multiple safety professionals who responded to a deadly school bus crash in the 300 block of Talley Road in Chattanooga. Shortly after 3 O’clock in the afternoon, a school bus that was carrying 35 children from Woodmoore Elementary lost control and crashed into a tree after it flipped over. One of the children who was on that bus explained what happened.

“He wasn’t paying attention. He was going real fast and he hit garbage bag. We then hit mailbox then flip over and hit a tree real hard.”

Despite that statement, investigators have yet to determine what caused the crash.

According to Chattanooga police, more than 20 children were taken to the hospital. Several children who were on that bus are now confirmed death.

“Our hearts go out as well as the hearts of all these people behind me to the family, the neighborhood, the school; for all the people involved in this and we assure you that we are doing everything we can to help everybody be as safe as they can; get the care they need and get the support they need.”

This was the scene as many parents rushed to the crash site to see if their child was okay.

“Do you know Ziana? We don’t want to be asked questions right now please. Okay go and take care of your babies. Thank you.”

Within minutes after learning that children died in this crash, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issued a statement that reads:

-Our thoughts and prayers are with victims of today’s tragic school bus crash in Chattanooga.-

Last patient just extricated from bus by #ChattFire here at school bus crash on Talley Rd. EMS is transporting.

— Chattanooga FireDept (@ChattFireDept) November 21, 2016

Chattanooga, Tenn. (WDEF) — Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher says that 35 students were on the bus from Woodmore Elementary when it crashed.

He said that 23 have been transported and rescue efforts are ongoing.

Counselors are coming in from across the state. CPD says that the bus driver is cooperating in the investigation.

CPD will update the situation every 30 minutes.

Chattanooga, Tenn. (WDEF) — Parents in Hamilton County just received the following text message:

“We just wanted to inform you that Hamilton County schools faced a great tragedy today. School and county personnel are on scene of a bus accident on Tally Road in Chattanooga. Extra counselors and support staff will be on hand to help students process this horrible incident.”

Chattanooga, Tenn. (WDEF) — Chattanooga Police are working an accident in the 300 block of Talley Road.

Hamilton County Department of Education Communications Coordinator Amy Katcher confirms to News 12 that a school bus was involved in an accident.

Woodmore Elementary also tells News 12 that one of their buses was involved in an accident.

News 12 has a crew on the way to the scene and we will bring you updates as they become available.