CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — At least six people were killed and at least 23 children taken to the hospital after a school bus crashed into a tree Monday afternoon in Chattanooga, authorities said.
Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston told media outlets that five people died at the scene and one died at the hospital. Melydia Clewell, spokeswoman for the district attorney, confirmed the number.
The Chattanooga Police Department had not confirmed the exact number.
The accident took place in the Brainerd area of southeast Chattanooga, and the area was closed to traffic, according to police.
The bus driver was being questioned and was cooperating with authorities.
In a news conference Monday, Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold said there were 35 schoolchildren on the bus, and the ages of the students ranged from kindergarten through fifth grade. The students were from Woodmore Elementary School…