This story is so sad and our heart and prayers go out to the families of all those affected by this horrible tragedy.
Chattanooga school bus driver Johnthony Walker tried to pull the children off the bus, his mother told CNN. But there was too much blood.
Moments after the catastrophic crash Monday, Walker called his mother and told her what happened.
” ‘Mama, I love you. I have been in a drastic accident,’ ” Gwenevere Cook recalled her son saying. “He texted me minutes later saying the kids are dead.”
Five children died and at least 12 were hospitalized after the bus plowed into a tree and flipped over in the Tennessee city.
“He was trying to get (the children) off the bus — all the bodies were limp,” Cook said. “There was blood everywhere.”
School bus driver Johnthony Walker called his mother to tell her he had been in a “drastic accident.”
Walker, 24, now faces five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.
“Based on witness statements and physical evidence, the defendant was driving the school bus at a high rate of speed, well above the posted speed limit of 30 mph,” his arrest warrant affidavit says.
“Mr. Walker lost control of the bus and swerved off of the roadway to the right, striking an elevated driveway and mailbox, swerved to the left and began to overturn, striking a telephone pole and a tree.”