Local and state officials are offering statements of condolences and support for the Chattanooga community following a fatal school bus crash Monday afternoon.
Hamilton County Superintendent Kirk Kelly said Tuesday morning that five students were killed in a school bus crash.
Kelly said there were 37 students on board, and 12 still remained in the hospital.
Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said there were kindergarten through fifth-grade students on the bus.
Many politicians, agencies and individuals expressed their grief for the tragic incident on social media. President-elect Donald Trump tweeted a message of support for the community.
Bus crash in Tennessee so sad & so terrible. Condolences to all family members and loved ones. These beautiful children will be remembered!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 23, 2016
The Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville also released a statement of support for the Chattanooga community:
"My prayers tonight are with the victims and families of the terrible bus crash in Chattanooga. I remain in contact with our Catholic priests in Southeast Tennessee and we will make ourselves available to anyone in need," Stika said.
Our hearts are w/ children & families of Woodmore. Please keep them in your thoughts & prayers & be vigilant in not sharing unconfirmed info— City of Chattanooga (@Chattanooga_gov) November 21, 2016
Thoughts, prayers to victims of tragic school bus crash in Chattanooga & their families. A very sad situation. Will do all we can to assist.— Gov. Bill Haslam (@BillHaslam) November 22, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are involved and affected by the horrific school bus crash in Chattanooga.— Knoxville TN Police (@Knoxville_PD) November 22, 2016
(2/2) I am absolutely heartbroken over this tragedy and I will pray for the children and their families.— Chuck Fleischmann (@RepChuck) November 21, 2016
Sen. Alexander statement on the Chattanooga school bus crash this evening: pic.twitter.com/QyySl59HJd— Sen. Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) November 22, 2016
Our hearts go out to the families, teachers and classmates of children lost or injured in the Chattanooga bus crash. @AndyBerke— Mayor Rogero (@MayorRogero) November 22, 2016
Please pray for the families of those affected by this horrible accident— Andy Berke (@AndyBerke) November 21, 2016
Sending up Prayers for the families of the children in the Chattanooga bus tragedy.— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) November 22, 2016
Devastating news coming out of Chattanooga. Thoughts and prayers with students and families of Woodmore Elementary School.— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) November 22, 2016
@myTDOT and the entire state send prayers and love to those affected by the tragedy in Chattanooga.— John Schroer (@TDOTCommish) November 22, 2016
My heart goes out to the families of the children that were killed & injured in the school bus crash in Chattanooga this evening. TT— Colonel THP (@THP_Colonel) November 21, 2016
Heartbreaking school bus crash in Chattanooga. My thoughts and prayers are with the children, families and first responders.— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) November 22, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the children, families and responders in Chattanooga in this extremely difficult time.— Knoxville Fire (@KnoxvilleFire) November 22
My heart & condolences goes out to the students & their families along with the 6 children that died in Chattanooga bus crash. God Bless 🙏🏾— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) November 22, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the children and families of Woodmore and everyone affected by the tragic crash in our community today.— Chattanooga Lookouts (@ChattLookouts) November 22, 2016
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