A bus carrying elementary students home from school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, crashed on Monday afternoon, killing at least six children and sending nearly two dozen to a hospital with injuries, authorities said.
The accident left the bright yellow school bus wrapped around a tree, mangled and nearly severed in two. Two hours after the crash, rescue teams were still sifting through the wreckage of the bus, which was resting on its side.
Five children were found dead inside the vehicle, which normally carries 35 passengers, and a student died at a hospital, said Melydia Clewell, spokeswoman for the Hamilton County District Attorney's office. It was not clear how many students were riding in the bus when it crashed.
The students were in kindergarten through fifth grade, she said, which would make them roughly ages 5 to 10.