Walker takes stand on second day of trial

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The jury is deliberating in the trial of the bus driver accused of causing a crash that killed six Woodmore Elementary School students in November 2016.

The defense and state rested on the second day of trial for Johnthony Walker. Before that, the jury heard Walker’s version of what happen on the day of the deadly school bus crash.

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On Wednesday morning, the state brought their two witnesses up. A state trooper, who did the post crash investigation, talked about how the bus was properly working before the crash.

A medical examiner described the injuries of the six children who died. Some parents left the room crying during his testimony.

The state rested and then the defense presented its case.

Walker took the stand he described a white transport van he saw coming towards him, driving between lanes, right before the crash.

“The other driver wouldn’t gradually get back in his lane. Upon not doing that, I am thinking either their is going to be a collision or I get out of the way. So I chose to get out the way,” Walker said.

The state and defense presented their closing arguments Wednesday afternoon. The jury started deliberating around 4pm and stopped for the day more than two hours later.

Walker faces 33 charges in connection to the crash.