Over 20 children were also injured in the crash, which police strongly suspect was caused by the driver failing to obey the speed limit.
The driver of the school bus that crashed, subsequently killing five children in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been arrested and charged.
Driver Johnthony Walker was behind the wheel on Monday afternoon when his bus, carrying 35 elementary school students, swerved off the road and flipped onto its side before wrapping around a tree. The school bus was the only vehicle involved in the horrific accident, according to The Chicago Tribune.
More than 20 Woodmore Elementary School students from kindergarten through fifth grade were treated for injuries at nearby hospitals following the crash. Officials confirmed late Monday afternoon that the families of the five children who sadly lost their lives in the accident have been notified, however, police declined to publicly release their names because they are minors.
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The 24-year-old bus driver faces charges including vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Investigators are
reportedly looking "strongly" into the driver's speed as a factor in the crash, after determining that the bus was going well over the 30
mph speed limit.
Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher confirmed on Monday that a warrant has been issued to obtain the bus' black box in
order to gain more insight into the movement of the bus at the time of the crash.