‘Multiple fatalities’ after elementary school bus crashes in Tennessee

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Multiple fatalities have been reported and many students are hurt after an elementary school bus packed with children crashed and wrapped around a tree in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

There were 35 students on the bus at the time of the crash, WDEF reported.

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston said during a press conference after the crash that six people have died – five at the scene and one at the hospital.

Neither the fire department nor police have issued any statements on the extent of the injuries the other children suffered.

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher had said 23 of them have been taken to the hospital.

Everyone has since been freed from the bus, according to the Chattanooga Fire Department.

It is unclear at this time what led to the crash, but police said the bus driver is cooperating with them.

The school district said it is bringing in extra counselors to offer support.

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