CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- At least six children were killed Monday afternoon when a school bus crashed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to local officials.
At least 23 of the 35 people on the bus were taken to hospitals after the crash, which occurred at the corner of Howard and Talley roads, according to the Chattanooga Fire Department and Kirk Kelly, the interim superintendent of Hamilton County Education Department.
Five of the children who were killed died at the scene; another died at a hospital, a spokeswoman for Hamilton County district attorney, Neal Pinkston, said.
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, who represents the state’s 3rd Congressional District, said the victims attended Woodmore Elementary School. Police said they were questioning the bus driver.
“I am absolutely heartbroken over this tragedy and I will pray for the children and their families,” he said on Twitter.
Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee said he was ready to provide help as needed.
“It’s a sad situation anytime there’s a school bus with children involved, which there is in this case,” Haslam said in a statement, according to The Times Free Press. “We will do everything we can to assist in what I think is going to be a very sad situation."