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UPDATE: Drugs, alcohol not involved in Chattanooga fatal bus crash

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Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP) - Police said toxicology reports on the driver of the bus that crashed in Chattanooga, killing five children, show no trace of drugs or alcohol.

Chattanooga Police Sgt. Austin Garrett announced Wednesday that a blood test was conducted on 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, who is charged with five counts of vehicular homicide. Police said Walker was driving well over the posted 30-mph speed limit when he lost control of the bus. Garrett said police are continuing to interview witnesses and review video footage of the crash. Six children remain hospitalized.

A pediatric emergency room doctor at the hospital where students were taken after a Chattanooga school bus crash killed five children said matching the injured with parents was a long process.

Dr. Darvey Koller, of Children's Hospital at Erlanger, said Tuesday that the children were scared and dazed and so young that many couldn't spell their names or remember their parents' names. Koller said several of the children said, "Momma", when asked who their parents were.

Twenty-three children were taken to hospitals Monday afternoon. Twelve were still there Tuesday evening, including six still in critical condition. Police said the bus was traveling too fast when it veered off a narrow, winding road and crashed into a tree. The driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, was arrested and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide.


Chattanooga, TN (CNN) - The bus driver involved in the fatal crash claiming the lives of five young children in Tennessee has been arrested.

Nearly a mile away from the Chattanooga Elementary School, the bus ran off the road, crashed into trees and ended up on its side. Dozens of children were injured and officials confirm at least five were killed.

Now, investigators believe the bus was likely traveling too fast. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Chief Fred Fletcher, with the Chattanooga Police Department, said, the 24-year-old driver is now facing charges. "Johnthony Walker is being charged with 5 counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving."

Kirk Kelly, the interim superintendent in Hamilton County, said, "We're just asking for prayers, and our hearts go out to the families."

It took rescue crews several hours to get all the kids off the bus. Twenty-three of them were sent to local hospitals.


Chattanooga, TN (CNN) - Multiple fatalities are reported after a school bus crashed into a house in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

It happened Monday afternoon as the bus was taking elementary school students home for the day. Witnesses report seeing the bus on its side, with children using the bus's roof hatch to escape. Chattanooga's police chief said about 35 children were on the bus when the crash ended with a tree splitting through the bus's roof.

Twenty-three people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. A local blood center is asking residents to donate in the wake of the crash. There are no reports of anyone inside the home injured. Police said the bus driver is cooperating with the investigation. No arrests have been made.

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