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NTSB Releases Report Nearly 2 Months After Chattanooga Bus Crash


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officially released a report pertaining to a tragic school bus accident that occurred nearly two months ago.

About the Fatal Chattanooga School Bus Crash

According to WJHL, six children were killed and 31 others were injured in the accident.

Johnthony Walker, a 24-year old male, had been employed by Durham School Services and was the one driving the bus on November 21 when accident occurred.

Apparently, Walker had taken a different route than the one he was accustomed to when he lost control of the bus on Talley Road. Walker had undergone toxicology tests to determine if there were any drugs or alcohol in his system when the accident occurred. He tested negative for both.

The NTSB also reported that Walker had one reportable and one non-reportable crash to his name since August 2016. The school bus was equipped with multiple systems capable of recording and transmitting event-related data.

NTSB investigators are continuing to collect and analyze data.

The crash still remains under investigation and the NTSB is still trying to determine what caused the crash. Walker is now facing six charges of vehicular charges.

Bus Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

  • 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2014.
  • Transit buses accounted for 33 percent of all bus accident recorded between 2004 and 2014. Inner city buses accounted for  buses account for 13 percent.
  • From 2009 to 2014, the number of injury related crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent.


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