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No Trace of Drugs or Alcohol Found in Chattanooga Bus Driver

No Trace of Drugs or Alcohol Found in Chattanooga Bus Driver

"It's time for us to step back, all of us - local school boards, the state - and look at the whole school bus process", Haslam said outside Woodmore Elementary School.

Federal authorities said Walker left the designated bus route and had driven onto a curvy road while carrying 37 children on their way home from Woodmore Elementary School. The driver is charged with reckless driving as police say speed was likely a heavy factor in the crash.

Six children remained hospitalized, but the hospital did not provide their current conditions, citing privacy, Chattanooga Police Sergeant Austin Garrett told reporters.

Later, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart said federal investigators will send Walker's sample to a separate facility in Oklahoma for a more in-depth analysis.

A sixth child has died from injuries in a school bus crash in Tennessee, police confirmed.

Durham School Services, the company that hires bus drivers for Hamilton County, has offered to pay for the funerals of the children killed in Monday's crash.

They have determined that none of the victims were ejected from the bus during the crash. Instead, Woodmore Principal Brenda Cothran said the school's focus was "on giving our families and students the support that they need". The school system said they were in kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade. Investigators said he was driving "well above" the posted speed limit of 30 m.p.h. when the crash happened.

Despite reports, police said there is no evidence that the crash was a deliberate act.

Bus driver Johnthony Walker has been arrested and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Fletcher said "a warrant has been issued to remove the informational box on the school bus and review the video". "There were no children in the front rows, and no reports of any injuries".

Chattanooga Police announced the death in a brief statement on Twitter, but provided no additional information.

School officials repeatedly declined to answer questions Wednesday about whether they received complaints about the driver.

Walker has been cooperative and talking to investigators, police said.

"Nothing that I can say can take away the pain and the grief for these families", Duke said.

Mateen, whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in the accident, broke down when recalling the moment she was told her child was dead.

"There has been times where I've seen him going a little faster than he probably should be going", Harris said. Six students were rushed to the hospital in critical condition following the crash.

She said they were fast-tracking O-negative donors and trying to schedule donors for the days ahead and into next week.

Wayne Summers of Columbus has two sons and says something more needs to be done when it comes to the background checks of bus drivers.

Meanwhile, Jasmine Mateen, mother of one of the victims and of two others who were seriously injured, told NBC News she had been complaining since August about driver Johnthony Walker.