Five confirmed fatalities after school bus crashes into home on Talley Road

Neighbors say the woman that lives inside the house appeared to be okay and was outside the home speaking with 911. (Image: WTVC)


Hamilton County Interim Superintendent Dr. Kirk Kelly held a 7 a.m. news conference Tuesday morning at Woodmore Elementary. Go here for the latest, newest info on this story.


Chattanooga Police have confirmed with NewsChannel 9 that there are several people dead following a School Bus crash on Talley Road.

According to District Attorney's office, at least five children were found dead on the bus with another passing away at a local hospital.

In a press release, Chattanooga Police say there were 37 students on board the bus when it crashed.

All of the students attended Woodmore Elementary in grades K-5.

CPD reports of the students involved in the crash, there were five confirmed fatalities, six others were critically injured, six were admitted to the hospital but not critically injured and 20 were treated and released by local hospitals.

Chattanooga police have arrested the bus driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, and have charged him with five counts of vehicular homicide as well as reckless endangerment and reckless driving.


Crews are on the scene of a crash involving a school bus and a home.

The initial call came in just before 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Hamilton County Emergency Services and Chattanooga Police are on the scene at 313 Talley Road.

A representative with Woodmore Elementary has confirmed that bus 366 was carrying students from the school and was involved in the crash.

A neighbor living on Talley Road near the crash tells NewsChannel 9 that the bus is laying on it's side and children are escaping from the roof hatch.

Neighbors say the woman that lives inside the house appeared to be okay and was outside the home speaking with 911.

We have a crew at the scene that can confirm the bus is on it's right side inside the house.

Blood Assurance released the following statement calling for the community to donate blood.

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann posted a statement to his Facebook page that reads, in part:

My thoughts are with the young victims of the Woodmore Elementary School bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I am absolutely heartbroken over this tragedy and I will pray for the children and their families.

Depend on NewsChannel 9 to bring you updates to this story online and on-air as they are made available.

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