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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. 

 

11/21/16 ORIGINAL RELEASE:

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

Driver:

Johnthony Walker
24 years old

Charges:
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

General Information:
(423) 643-5000

Crime Prevention and Community Outreach:
(423) 643-5090

Crime Stoppers Hotline:
(423) 698-3333

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

 

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