At least 12 elementary students have died and 23 more are injured after their school bus crashed and wrapped around a tree . Multiple fatalities confirmed in Chattanooga school bus crash
Multiple children are dead and at least 23 have been taken to the hospital after a school bus crashed into a tree Monday afternoon in Chattanooga, authorities said.

The accident took place in the Brainerd area of Chattanooga, and the area is closed to traffic.

According to police, the bus driver is being questioned and is cooperating with authorities.

In a news conference Monday, Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold said there were 35 schoolchildren were on the bus, and the ages of the students ranged from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Speaking to reporters Monday afternoon, Gov. Bill Haslam called the crash a “tragic event.”

“From the state, obviously we’re going to do everything we can to assist in any way. Details are still emerging,” Haslam said.

The governor called it “sad situation” anytime there is a school bus and children, later saying that events like Monday’s and last week’s crash in Nashville could lead officials to begin additional talks about safety.

“To me it’s a good discussion to have,” Haslam said. “I think when this is over it’s time to have a good conversation about everything around school buses.”

This is the second bus crash in Tennessee in recent days involving dozens of students.

Nearly two dozen Chester County Beta Club students on their way to a convention at Gaylord Opryland were injured Friday morning in a crash after a school bus flipped on Interstate 65 in Nashville.

Three were deemed critical injuries, according to Brian Haas, spokesman for Nashville Fire Department. Two of the most serious injuries were to arms of students in the bus. The third was a student who suffered a broken collarbone, Haas said.

None of the injuries were life-threatening, he said.

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