DA: 6 killed in Tennessee school bus crash

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The district attorney says six people are dead in an elementary school bus crash in Chattanooga.

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston told media outlets that five people died at the scene and one died at the hospital. Melydia Clewell, spokeswoman for the district attorney, confirmed the number.

The school bus was mangled around a tree at the scene. Police say the ages of the students ranged from kindergarten through fifth grade.

The bus was carrying students from Woodmore Elementary.

In a news conference Monday, Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold said there were multiple fatalities but did not confirm the exact number. Police have said the bus crash sent 23 people to area hospitals and 35 schoolchildren were on the bus Monday afternoon.

The school bus was mangled around a tree at the scene. Arnold said the ages of the students ranged from kindergarten through fifth grade. The bus was carrying students from Woodmore Elementary.

At the state Capitol in Nashville, Gov. Bill Haslam called the crash "a tragic event" and offered assistance.

Everyone has since been freed from the bus, according to the Chattanooga Fire Department.

It is unclear at this time what led to the crash, but police said the bus driver is cooperating with them.

The school district said it is bringing in extra counselors to offer support.

This is a developing story; refresh for updates.