NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A growing memorial sits at the site of Chattanooga’s fatal school bus crash, a solemn tribute to the five lives lost in Monday’s tragedy.
Governor Bill Haslam was at Woodmore Elementary School Wednesday morning to meet with teachers, staff and school district leaders.
He also went inside several classrooms to see the desks of the five students who died.
“They’re in a set of hard days for this community. You’re not supposed to have elementary classrooms with empty desks and I think the sorrow that all of us feel is incredibly deep. I want bring my wishes to you from people from across the state. I think the whole state is reacting with incredible sympathy and tragedy you guys are feeling,” he said.
Volunteers have been working in an assembly line packing care packages for the families devastated by this tragedy. Residents brought in water and other items to be included in a care package for the victim’s families.
According to the driver’s arrest affidavit, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker lost control of the school bus before swerving off the roadway and into a tree and light pole.
Wednesday afternoon police said there was no trace of alcohol or drugs in Walker’s system.
Police have received warrants for all data devices on the bus and are examining multiple videos that show views from the front, back and side of the bus.
Police added they not yet started talking to the children who were on-board the bus at the time of the crash, but they are speaking with other witnesses.
Six children remain hospitalized. An update on their condition was not released by police Wednesday afternoon out of respect and privacy concerns.