Sixth child dies in Tennessee bus crash

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Johnthony Walker faces vehicular homicide charges after a deadly school bus crash in Tennessee

Chattanooga police say a sixth child has died from a school bus crash.

A tweet from the police department Wednesday evening said the agency had received confirmation of the death.

Police say the bus was traveling too fast when it veered off a narrow, winding road and crashed into a tree Monday afternoon. The driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, has been arrested and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide.

The police department's tweet did not give the child's name or age.

According to a crash report obtained by ABC News, the 24-year-old driver of the fatal bus crash was involved with another car accident just two months ago.

Johnthony Walker was cited while driving for Duraham School Services on September 20, 2016 when he was traveling eastbound around a "blind curve." In an effort to maneuver the bus around the curve, Walker crossed over into the oncoming, westbound traffic, hitting/side swiping another car, a Kia Soul.

According to the crash report, "There were no children in the front rows and no reports of any injuries. The damage were minor to both vehicles."

Calling the Monday afternoon crash "every public safety professional's worst nightmare," Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher told an overnight news conference that Walker was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide. Walker was also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
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