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Driver went ‘well above’ speed limit in school bus crash that killed five, affidavit says

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Woodmore Elementary School bus driver Johnthony Walker has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, according to Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The driver in the fatal school bus crash near Chattanooga, Tennessee, was traveling “well above the posted speed limit of 30 mph” when he lost control of the bus Monday, swerving off the roadway, according to an arrest affidavit.

Driver Johnthony 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,” the affidavit says.

At least five children were killed in the crash, school officials said. Twelve more are in the hospital, including six who are in intensive care.