A horrifying school bus wreck has left multiple fatalities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, this Monday evening.
Although the initial circumstances which caused the wreck remain unclear, the bus eventually slammed into a tree, splitting the bus in half.
Authorities have not noted whether or not the “multiple fatalities” include children, and no specific number was given by the Chattanooga Police Department as to the number of casualties, noting instead that families must first all be notified.
RT News notes that local media reports put the death toll at up to 12 children.
At least 23 people from the bus, which was carrying 35 children ranging in age from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade according to CNN, were taken to nearby hospitals, and local authorities did not comment on the condition or identities of the wounded.
An image of the shocking scene, featuring the bus ripped into two pieces, is below. Rescuers are, in the photo, pulling the last victim remaining trapped in the bus wreckage through the vehicle’s back door.
— Chattanooga FireDept (@ChattFireDept) November 21, 2016
Authorities say that the school bus driver is “cooperative and talking to investigators,” and there is no report yet as to any possible cause for the crash. No other vehicles were involved.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said:
‘It’s a sad situation any time 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.’
As this is a breaking story, be sure to check back for updates.