Community responds to fatal Chattanooga school bus crash

Nov. 21, 2016: State leaders and others have expressed their shock and sadness over the fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga.

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. 



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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. 













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