Multiple fatalities" were reported, along with at least 23 injured, when an elementary school bus crashed Monday in Chattanooga, Tennessee, officials said.
The Chattanooga Fire Department said on Twitter there were “multiple fatalities,” but “no firm numbers have been confirmed.”
Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said there were roughly 35 children on the bus at the time of the crash. Fletcher reported 23 patients have been transported to local area hospitals, and the bus driver is cooperating with police.
The bus was carrying students from Woodmore Elementary, who ranged from kindergarten through fifth grade.
A neighbor told Fox Chattanooga that children were escaping from the roof hatch after the crash.
At the state Capitol in Nashville, Gov. Bill Haslam called the crash "a tragic event" and offered assistance.
"We're going to do everything we can to assist in any way," he said in a statement. “It's a sad situation anytime there's a school bus with children involved, which there is in this case. We will do everything we can to assist in what I think is going to be a very sad situation."
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