Bus company CEO apologizes for crash in emotional video

Casey Mills
Ноября 25, 2016

The crash involved one of Durham's buses, who was driven by 24-year-old Johnthony Walker.

Still he says they have to undergo more testing and training before they can have their own route.

His school bus left Woodmore Elementary School on Monday afternoon and did not make any stops before the crash, Hart said.

The first images we saw of the Chattanooga, Tennessee school bus crash that claimed the lives of five elementary aged children were haunting.

Twenty-three students were taken to area hospitals, and 12 were still there as of Tuesday evening, with six in critical condition.

Walker is now charged with vehicular homicide as the investigation into what happened continues.

"The bus was driving southbound on Talley Road when it departed the roadway, overturned, and collided with a utility pole and a tree". Although the unidentified mother had one child die from the crash, she said her other two children alleged that driver Johnthony Walker asked the children, "Are you ready to die?" before swerving off the road.

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Walker's bus had been carrying 35 children at the time of the crash.

Walker was in another accident on September 20 on Sylvan Drive in Chattanooga when, according to the police report, the bus he was driving sideswiped a Kia Soul going in the opposite direction.

"We will be exploring what were the deficiencies", Hart said. In a statement Tuesday, NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart said that they will be looking at all possible factors in the crash while the police department conducts a parallel criminal investigation of the driver.

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"That was my baby", she said Wednesday. No one was injured, and the damage to both vehicles was minor.

Durham, based in Warrenville, Illinois, operates about 13,700 vehicles around the US and has almost as many drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Durham was awarded a "satisfactory" safety rating from the agency in July 2015.

Durham CEO David A. Duke issued a statement on Twitter saying the company was "devastated" and working with police and school officials to investigate.

Duke said he could not comment further. You're not supposed to have elementary classrooms with empty desks and I think the sorrow that all of us feel is incredibly deep. We have offered to provide counseling to students and families of Hamilton County, as well as our employees.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told reporters at the state Capitol in Nashville on Tuesday that he wants to have a wide-ranging discussion following the wrecks in Chattanooga, Knoxville and another in Nashville just last week. The Woodmore Fund was created with the United Way of Greater Chattanooga and other partners to help support the needs of the victims' families.

Chattanooga police said they are viewing video from multiple angles before, during and after the crash.

Another victim, 9-year-old Zoie Nash, was "a little angle here on earth" who was about to celebrate her 10th birthday, her uncle Antwon McClain said. "My heart of love is going out to all that were in harm's way in this terrible accident of God's will", she said. "He is a respected young man, grew up in Chattanooga and is liked by everyone", Cook said.

The bus company did not respond to questions about its safety record or Walker's employment history. Durham runs the vast majority of National Express' school bus operations. "I've struggled with what to say".

Marshall Wood said hopefully the families of the victims can get more answers that what's on the video. They cried and raised their hands in prayer as they sang of how God is in control, and that no matter how bleak the situation, things will get better.

A survivor of the crash hobbled to the front of the sanctuary in crutches, bringing the tearful crowd to its feet.

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