CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — (CBS) Twelve passengers were killed when an elementary school crashed on Monday, CBS Chattanooga affiliate WDEF reported.
Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said 35 students were on board on the bus, according to WDEF. The Chattanooga Fire Department’s Public Information Director, Bruce Garner, said in a tweet that 23 patients were taken to hospitals in ambulances.
Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol tweeted that children were both killed and injured:
Colonel THP @THP_Colonel My heart goes out to the families of the children that were killed & injured in the school bus crash in Chattanooga this evening. TT 4:24 PM – 21 Nov 2016
The police department said the bus driver is cooperating in the investigation.
“We just wanted to inform you that Hamilton County schools faced a great tragedy today,” read a text message sent to parents in Tennessee’s Hamilton County on Monday, according to WDEF. “School and county personnel are on scene of a bus accident on Tally Road in Chattanooga. Extra counselors and support staff will be on hand to help students process this horrible incident.”
Shocking pictures posted to social media from the scene of the accident showed a tree slicing through the crashed school bus.