Woodmore Bus Crash

A school bus crash on Nov. 21, 2016, claimed the lives of six Woodmore Elementary School students as bus 366 toppled on its side and wrapped around a tree.

Police say 25-year-old bus driver Johnthony Walker was speeding on Talley Road in Brainerd when he lost control of the bus, swerving off the narrow two-lane road.

It took emergency responders hours to remove all of the trapped children from the bus, and dozens of children, several critically injured, were taken to hospitals after the crash.

Since the crash, people across Chattanooga and the state have questioned the safety of school buses and the qualifications of those tasked with operating them, as well as whether more needs to be done legislatively to protect the state’s most innocent citizens.