A fatal school bus crash on Nov. 21 claimed the lives of six Woodmore Elementary School students, as bus No. 366 toppled to its side and wrapped around a tree. That Monday, police said, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker was driving fast on Talley Road in Brainerd when he lost control of the bus, swerving off the narrow two-lane roadway to the right, striking an elevated driveway and a mailbox. He then swerved to the left and the bus overturned, hitting a telephone pole and a tree.
It took emergency responders hours to remove all of the trapped children from the bus, and 31 kids of the 37 aboard were taken to hospitals after the crash. Several kids were critically injured. Walker was arrested after the crash and faces six counts of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
As news of the fatal crash spread across Chattanooga, people began to offer support and look for answers. Reports and records surfaced, showing that for months before the November crash parents, students and Woodmore Elementary School employees had voiced concerns about the driver, but he continued driving.