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A Tennessee school bus driver was arrested and faces charges including vehicular homicide after deadly crash that killed at least six children, Chattanooga police said in a news conference.

The school bus, carrying children aged five to 10, crashed at about 16:00 local time on November 21.

Images from the scene showed the bus wrapped around a tree, with its metal roof split in two.

Chattanooga police Chief Fred Fletcher said that 24-year-old Johnthony Walker was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide.


Photo AP

Photo AP

Johnthony Walker was also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

“Speed is being investigated very very strongly as a factor in this crash,” Fred Fletcher said.

He said it was a complicated crime scene, but conditions “appeared to be clear and dry”.

Investigators believe the bus may have hit a utility pole before colliding with the tree, the police chief added.

Johnthony Walker, who survived the crash, was being questioned and was co-operating with investigators, police said.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney said five children were found dead on board the bus after the crash, and another child had died in hospital.

She said 35 children had been on board the bus. Chattanooga Fire Department also said 23 children had been taken to hospital by ambulance.

Local blood bank Blood Assurance called for blood donations following the crash.

A reporter for the local news channel tweeted that queues to donate were “out the door” and the office was taking appointments for the following morning.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke asked concerned parents to go to the elementary school for information, and not the crash site.

At least 47 children aged four to six years old have been killed after their school bus was hit by a train near Manfalut, central Egypt, officials said.

The bus was carrying about 60 children from a nursery school when it was hit by a train near Manfalut, 350 km (230 miles) south of Cairo.

The Egyptian transport minister has resigned, state media report.

Reports from witnesses say the barriers of the crossing were opened when the bus approached.

“The deaths have now reached 47. There are 13 children injured,” Assiut state governor Yehya Keshk told state television.

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi ordered his ministers to offer support to the families of those killed, the state news agency reported.

“They told us the barriers were open when the bus crossed the tracks and the train collided with it,” doctor Mohamed Samir told the Reuters news agency, citing witness accounts.

 

At least 47 children aged four to six years old have been killed after their school bus was hit by a train near Manfalut, central Egypt

At least 47 children aged four to six years old have been killed after their school bus was hit by a train near Manfalut, central Egypt

 

The head of the state railway authority has also resigned.

Distraught families are searching for the remains of their loved ones along the tracks, the Associated Press reports.

Egypt’s roads and railways have a poor safety record. An estimated 8,000 people die in car accidents each year in the country.