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The National Transportation Safety Board has completed the first phase of its investigation into a the Woodmore Elementary school bus crash that killed six children, but the driver wouldn’t answer the NTSB’s questions.

The crash happened November 21st. Johnthony Walker veered off a neighborhood road, hitting a telephone pole and a tree. It’s unclear why. His attorney advised him to not speak with the NTSB. He’s been charged with six counts of vehicular homicide in a separate, criminal investigation.

Chattanooga residents are being asked to stay on the lookout for a shooting suspect who targeted a Chattanooga police officer. A reward of $6,000 is being offered for information leading to the suspect's arrest. The shooting happened at 9:24 Thursday morning in the Glendwood/Mission area and sparked a manhunt. 

With almost everyone sending packages at this time of the year, you might be interested in an alternative to the conventional delivery services. It’s called Roadie. Started in Atlanta in 2015, Roadie operates much the same way as Uber, but rather than passengers they take packages and pets. Richard Winham talked to Jeremy Dollar, a local driver for Roadie which now offers delivery to all fifty states.  

UPDATE: CPD reports the officer has been released from the hospital. The search for the suspect continues. Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest.

Englewood, Tennessee Fire Chief Billy Roach says one of his crews had worked about 20 hours fighting wildfires in Gatlinburg that killed at least seven people. Then when deadly winds blew in from Alabama, the Englewood firefighters rushed home to McMinn county, to help storm-related rescue operations.

“They’re wore out,” Roach said at a press conference. “They’ve had very little sleep. I know I’ve had two hours since Monday morning. We’re just to the limits.”

The National Weather Service issued an alert at 7:46 a.m. saying a strong thunderstorm is moving east across Chattanooga. 

From the NWS:

Chattanooga Fire Department

Shortly before a fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga, students were complaining about the driver, according to records the Hamilton County Department of Education released to local media.

Police in Chattanooga, Tenn., say toxicology test results released on Wednesday show school bus driver, Johnthony Walker, 24, had no alcohol or drugs in his system.

Police say Walker was not driving his designated route when the bus left the road and crashed into a tree on Monday.

Five children died on Monday and a sixth child, who had been hospitalized, died on Wednesday. Five children remain hospitalized.

Blood Assurance Taking Donations For Bus Victims

Nov 23, 2016

The Woodmore Elementary bus crash has caused an outpouring of support from the community.  The waiting room at Blood Assurance is crammed full of people patiently waiting their turn to donate blood.

O- negative blood is needed the most, Blood Assurance Marketing Coordinator Mindy Quinn explained Tuesday.

In the aftermath of a fatal school bus crash, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is asking for a review of bus safety policies in the state. Gov. Haslam stood in front of a makeshift memorial—teddy bears and flowers—at Woodmore Elementary in Chattanooga. 

On Monday, a school bus carrying more than thirty Woodmore students veered off a road and hit a tree, and the driver is now charged with five counts of vehicular homicide.

NTSB

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher described the bus crash that killed five Chattanooga elementary school students as "every public safety professional’s worst nightmare." Police arrested the driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, and charged him with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and other offenses.

Authorities say one kindergartner, one first-grader, and three fourth-graders from Woodmore Elementary died.

Chattanooga is in mourning after a bus crash claimed the lives of five elementary school children. A dozen remain hospitalized; six in critical condition.

The accident happened on Talley Road, less than a mile from Woodmore Elementary, while children were traveling home. Thirty-seven children were on the bus at the time of the crash.

The driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, is in custody and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment. Speeding is being investigated as a factor in the crash but no official findings have been released yet.

Updated Tuesday morning at 7:20 a.m. ET

At least five children died after a school bus carrying them home from elementary school crashed Monday afternoon in Chattanooga, Tenn. About two dozen other children were injured, several critically.

Six children remain in intensive care, the school announced at a press conference Tuesday morning.

The driver, identified by police as 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Kahmesha Herring, a volunteer with the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee, joins us to talk about their fundraiser coming up Saturday, which includes a chance for kids of all ages to dress up in animal costumes and walk through Warner Park.

More information is here:

http://www.epilepsy-setn.org/events/fun-walk-to-fight-epilepsy/

You may have noticed that lately Chattanooga looks like a dystopian movie, with plumes of thick smoke looming over the city and people wearing face masks. But it isn’t the end of the world. Just fallout from local wildfires. We spoke Dr. Pamela Sud, a pulmonologist at CHI Memorial, about the nearly 100 patients the hospital has treated for smoke-related breathing problems. Another local hospital, Erlanger, has treated more than a hundred as well.

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