Gov. Bill Haslam discusses a Chattanooga train pile-up that killed 5 kids.
Adam Tamburin / Tennessean
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A sixth child died Wednesday, dual days after being injured in a propagandize train accident that killed 5 other facile school students, military said.
Johnthony Walker, 24, was arrested after a collision Monday and charged with 5 depends of vehicular homicide. Chattanooga military pronounced Wednesday that toxicology tests found no ethanol or drugs in his system, though Walker was pushing good over a posted 30 mph extent on circuitous Talley Road when he mislaid control of a bus, that was not versed with chair belts.
Several family members of a victims told media outlets they had complained that Walker was speeding on a job.
The National Transportation Safety Board pronounced Wednesday afternoon that Talley Road, where a pile-up occurred, was not on a bus’ designated route, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Walker was jailed with bail set during $107,500 on charges that enclosed forward pushing and forward endangerment. He has a justice date Tuesday.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who visited a children’s elementary propagandize Wednesday, said state agencies will examination propagandize train reserve protocol to “make certain that we don’t have one some-more of these.” Tennessee’s Department of Education and Department of Safety and Homeland Security will participate.
“It’s time for us to step back, all of us — internal propagandize boards, a state — and demeanour during a whole propagandize train process,” Haslam pronounced outward Woodmore Elementary School in a working-class Brainerd area of Chattanooga. He pronounced a consummate review would embody all from employing drivers, to ensuring a reserve of equipment, to looking during chair belts for a kids.
Lawmakers already were drafting legislation to need chair belts on buses, and National Transportation Safety Board investigators were entertainment justification as they attempted to piece together accurately what happened during a crash.
Walker, who perceived his blurb driver’s permit in April, worked for the private Durham School Services association that engaged with Hamilton County schools. Walker had been in a propagandize train pile-up in September, according to Chattanooga police.
School officials previously had pronounced Durham School Services was obliged for monitoring Walker’s opening and disciplining him when necessary.
But propagandize officials would not answer steady questions about family complaints during a brief news discussion Wednesday. Instead, Woodmore Principal Brenda Cothran said the school’s concentration was “on giving a families and students a support that they need.”
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In an romantic video posted to YouTube on Wednesday, Durham School Services CEO David A. Duke pronounced he was “not means to elaborate” on a crash, though he promised his association would offer “any support that we can” to victims. He combined that his association would concur entirely with investigators.
“Nothing that we can contend can take divided a pain and a grief for these families,” Duke said. “My shortcoming now is to demeanour for answers. Answers about because this tragedy occurred and answers for how we can make certain that this never, ever happens again.”
As Thanksgiving approached, Woodmore families were creation arise skeleton or gripping burial beside sanatorium beds.
Haslam met with some of a injured students and their families during Erlanger Health System. He told reporters he had come to Chattanooga to express the state’s common grief.
“You’re not ostensible to have facile classrooms with dull desks,” Haslam said. “The grief that all of us feel is impossibly deep.”
Families identified a children who died as:
• Cordayja Jones, 9. According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Cordayja desired being a large sister and was a amicable girl, said her cousin, LaFrederick Thirkill, who is also a principal during Orchard Knob Elementary School.
• Zoie Nash, 9. Zoie was a fourth-grader who desired personification softball, done good grades and was also on a dance team, her uncle, Antwon McClain, told the Times Free Press. She was a usually lady in a family of brothers. One of her brothers was harmed in a crash.
• Six-year-old D’Myunn Brown was also killed, his family reliable to the Times Free Press.
• Zyanna Harris, 10, was funny, smart-alecky and not shy, tighten crony Tar’Dajah Rucker, 13, told the Times Free Press.
• Zyaira Mateen, 6. Her mom reliable she died in a crash, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
• Keontae Wilson, 8, died Wednesday from his injuries, the Times Free Press reported.
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