Johnthony Walker, 24, was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide as well as charges of reckless driving and reckless endangerment, Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said during an overnight news conference.
At least five children were killed Monday afternoon when a school bus Walker was driving flipped on its side and wrapped around a tree in Chattanooga. There were 35 elementary school students on board.
More than 20 children were hospitalized with injuries, Fletcher said. The police chief called the crash “every public safety professional’s worst nightmare.”
He said investigators were looking “very, very strongly” at speed being a possible cause of the crash.
An arrest affidavit reportedly states that Walker was driving “well above” the speed limit of 30 mph when the bus crashed.
More details on this story have been covered by the The CNN Wire.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.