Official: ‘Multiple fatalities’ among 23 injured in Chattanooga school bus crash

School bus crash

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga police say an elementary school bus crash has sent 23 people to area hospitals.

Police Chief Fred Fletcher said 35 schoolchildren were on the bus Monday afternoon. He did not have information about the extent of injuries and said rescue efforts were continuing.

Fletcher said at a news conference that the bus was the only vehicle involved in the crash. The students on board ranged from kindergarten through fifth grade.

At the state Capitol in Nashville, Gov. Bill Haslam called the crash “a tragic event” and offered assistance.

Fletcher said police were interviewing the bus driver to determine what happened.

The bus was carrying students from Woodmore Elementary.

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