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11-23-16 UPDATE/11-21-16 Traffic Crash/5 Fatalities

11/23/16 UPDATE:

  • An additional charge of vehicular homicide will be added
  • Chattanooga Police Department has obtained warrants for all data devices on the school bus
  • Blood results are back from TBI. No alcohol or drugs were found in driver's blood. 



At approx 3:25 p.m. Chattanooga Police responded to a traffic crash involving a Hamilton County School bus. The following are the preliminary details of that crash:

  • Hamilton County Department of Education confirms there were at 37 students on board, all of whom attend Woodmore Elementary from grades Kindergarten to 5th.
  • Of the students involved in the crash there were 5 confirmed fatalities, 6 were critically injured, 6 were admitted but not critically injured, and 20 were treated and released by local hospitals
  • The Chattanooga Police department will not be releasing victim names due to the fact that they all are juveniles
  • No other vehicles were involved in the crash
  • Chattanooga Fire Department was involved in extricating victims who were entrapped
  • Chattanooga Police Traffic Division investigators will be processing the scene overnight and determining the sequence of events related to the crash
  • The driver was interviewed and subsequently arrested


Johnthony Walker
24 years old

Vehicular Homicide (5 counts)
Reckless Endangerment
Reckless Driving

Chattanooga Police Department
3410 Amnicola Hwy.
Chattanooga, TN 37406 (map)

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM

Emergencies: 911

To report a crime or request assistance: (423) 698-2525

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(423) 643-5000

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(423) 643-5090

Crime Stoppers Hotline:
(423) 698-3333

Drug Tip Hotline:
(423) 493-BUST (2878)

Homicide Tip Line: 
(423) 643-5100



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