Driver charged in deadly Tennessee school bus crash

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Police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, say the driver of a school bus that crashed, killing at least five children, has been arrested.

Police say 24-year-old Johnthony Walker has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Kirk Kelly, the interim superintendent of Hamilton County Schools, says there are six students in intensive care Tuesday morning and six others still hospitalized.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke says the city is in mourning.

Walker was transporting 35 elementary school children Monday afternoon, when the vehicle flipped on its side and became mangled in a tree.

The affidavit says the charges were brought against Walker because of the reckless nature of his driving combined with his high rate of speed. Walker's bond was set at $107,500.

Walker crashed into a house in Chattanooga, Tenn. Monday afternoon, officials said.

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher reported 23 patients had 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 WTVC that children were escaping from the roof hatch after the crash.

Tennessee 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."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.