6 Children Dead, 23 Injured In Tennessee School Bus Crash

Tragedy in Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Fire Department via Twitter

At least six children are dead following a major accident involving a school bus in Tennessee. The incident occurred Monday around 3:20 p.m. near the intersection of Talley and Brainerd Road in Chattanooga. According to local news outlets, 35 students were on board at the time of the wreck. In addition to those killed, at least 23 others are injured.

Several children remain hospitalized in critical condition, according to Hamilton County District Attorney's office.

Officials and photos from the scene suggest the bus struck a utility pole, then flipped over, eventually coming to rest after making impact with a tree. The cause of the wreck is still unknown, but Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher characterized it as a "single-driver incident." He is also quoted as saying "speed is being investigated very, very strongly as a factor.”

This is the second bus crash in Tennessee in as many school days. On Friday morning, nearly two dozen students were injured after a yellow bus flipped while traveling on I-65 near Nashville.

Blood donors are needed to help victims of the Hamilton County bus accident. If you live near Chattanooga, or will be passing through, visit Blood Assurance at 705 East 4th Street, across from McKenzie Arena downtown. Due to the severity of this incident, the facility is currently operating on special extended hours. Call (423) 756-0966 for more information.