They quickly ate breakfast, hugged their parents goodbye and looked forward to a day where they would practice their math skills and sit by their best friends at lunch. Once the bell rang, they ran to grab their coats and hopped on the bus to head home. As they sat waiting to get off at their stops, their thoughts might have wandered to how much turkey they would eat on Thanksgiving or what presents they would ask for come Christmas.
And then, in the span of seconds, their whole world came crashing down.
And it feels as if the whole world is mourning the deaths of six little angels tonight. According to a spokeswoman for the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office and reported on by CNN, at least six children were killed in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Nov. 21.
Five children died at the scene. Another child died after arriving at the hospital.
The bus was carrying 35 children at the time traveling home from Woodmore Elementary School. According to reports, the bus “turned over on its side and struck a tree. Certainly, speed is being investigated very, very strongly as a factor in this crash,” Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said. “A warrant has been issued to remove the informational box and videos from the bus. Our thoughts, our prayers and all of our efforts are with the families of these children and others impacted by this tragedy.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this horrific time.