Bus Driver In Fatal Crash Was Not On Drugs, Alcohol

Posted at 2:28 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 17:47:01-05

Police in Chattanooga have confirmed the driver of a school bus that crashed, killing five kids, did not have drugs or alcohol in his system.

Authorities released additional information on the wreck during a press conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

They confirmed blood test results showed the driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, had not been on drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. He told family members that it was an accident.

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Walker was charged with vehicular homicide after the school bus he was driving wrecked in Chattanooga Monday killing five elementary school students.

Officials also confirmed no children were ejected from the bus during the wreck. They added they have not spoken with any of the children who were on board yet.

Police have been reviewing video that shows angles from the front, back, and sides of the bus.

They also confirmed they have not spoken to anyone who said the bus driver asked the kids, "Are you prepared to die?" moments before the crash, saying that report has so far been false.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board said that Talley Road was not on the bus' designated route. They were still investigating as to why the driver chose that road, and if he'd driven it before.

They also announced that they are continuing to investigate the bus' company, Durham School Services, and its recent change in safety status.

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A vigil was held at New Monumental Baptist Church Tuesday night. The families of those killed in the crash were gathered at the front of the church as they remembered the five lives taken too soon.