Charges have been laid in connection to an elementary school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee that killed at least five children.
Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher called Monday afternoon’s crash “every public safety professional’s worst nightmare” during an overnight news conference.
24-year-old Johnthony Walker has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, and also faces charges of reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
Police have not ruled out laying additional charges.
Fletcher has revealed that investigators are looking at speed “very, very strongly” as a factor in the crash.
Thirty-five students from kindergarten through fifth grade were on board when the bus flipped onto its side and wrapped around a tree.
The students that died in the collision include three 4th graders, a kindergartner and a first grader.
It’s believed 12 children remain in hospital for treatment of their injuries. Half of the children are in intensive care.
The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash along with Police.