Chattanooga school bus crashes; multiple deaths reported

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (AP) – Chattanooga police are reporting multiple deaths in an elementary school bus crash.

In a news conference Monday, Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold said there were multiple fatalities but did not confirm the exact number. Police have said the bus crash sent 23 people to area hospitals and 35 schoolchildren were on the bus Monday afternoon.

The school bus was mangled around a tree at the scene. Arnold said the ages of the students ranged from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Police Chief Fred Fletcher said 35 schoolchildren were on the bus Monday afternoon. He did not have information about the extent of injuries and said rescue efforts were continuing.

Fletcher said at a news conference that the bus was the only vehicle involved in the crash. The students on board ranged from kindergarten through fifth grade.

At the state Capitol in Nashville, Gov. Bill Haslam called the crash “a tragic event” and offered assistance.

Fletcher said police were interviewing the bus driver to determine what happened.

The bus was carrying students from Woodmore Elementary.

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