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6 Dead in Chattanooga Elementary School Bus Crash

In this photo provided by the Chattanooga Fire Department via Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga Fire Department personnel work the scene of a fatal elementary school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. In a news conference Monday, Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold said there were multiple fatalities in the crash. (Bruce Garner/Chattanooga Fire Department via Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
Bruce Garner—Chattanooga Fire Department/Chattanooga Times Free Press/AP Chattanooga Fire Department members work the scene of a fatal elementary school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Nov. 21, 2016.

Officials said 35 schoolchildren were on the bus

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) — Six people were killed Monday when a Chattanooga school bus with 35 young children aboard crashed, turned on its side and wrapped around a tree, police said

In a news conference Monday, Chattanooga Police Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold said there were multiple fatalities. He said officials would not identify the students who died, or their ages, until parents were notified. Twenty-three children were brought to hospitals, officials said.

The bus was carrying students from Woodmore Elementary, ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.

“Our hearts go out, as well as the hearts of all these people behind me, to the families, the neighborhood, the school, for all the people involved in this, we assure you we are doing everything we can,” Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said.

A woman escorts three children away from the scene of a fatal school bus wreck in Chattanooga, Tenn., Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. In a news conference Monday, Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold said there were multiple fatalities. (Angela Lewis Foster/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)
Angela Lewis Foster—Chattanooga Times Free Press/APA woman escorts three children away from the scene of a fatal school bus wreck in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Nov. 21, 2016.

Fletcher said at a news conference that the bus was the only vehicle involved in the crash.

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.

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