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First responders reflect on Woodmore Elementary school bus crash six months later

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This week marks six months since the tragic Woodmore Elementary school bus crash that killed six young children. 

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UPDATE: Driver in Woodmore bus crash gets jury from outside Hamilton County Video included

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Twenty-four-year-old Johnthony Walker's case will be tried by a jury selected from outside of Hamilton County.

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UPDATE: Rep. Favors asks finance committee to pull school bus seat belts bill off calendar Video included

File photo of Rep. JoAnne Favors pushing for seat belts on school buses. File photo of Rep. JoAnne Favors pushing for seat belts on school buses.
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Favors says after surveying members of the house, she didn't feel she had enough votes to get the bill out of the full finance committee.

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TN AG files lawsuit against law firm unlawful solicitation of Woodmore victims

The Woodmore memorial after the deadly 2016 bus crash. The Woodmore memorial after the deadly 2016 bus crash.
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Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III filed a lawsuit against a Texas law firm on Wednesday accusing them of deceiving Woodmore victims. 

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UPDATE: Hamilton Co. school board considering expanding owner operators

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The Hamilton County Board of Education voted on adding more bus routes for owner operators.

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Local lawmakers plan to fight for seat belts on school buses

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As lawmakers head to the state capital to begin a new year and a new legislative session, Chattanooga representatives narrow their focus on making seat belts on school buses a requirement. 

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Playground dedicated to the victims of the Woodmore bus tragedy

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A special gift arrived early for the holidays as the New Covenant Fellowship Church dedicated its newest playground. The playground is in honor of the six Woodmore children who were killed in a bus crash last month. 

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UPDATE: Attorney for family of Zyanna Harris issues statement on wrongful death suit

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The family of Zyanna Harris is the first of the deceased children to file a lawsuit against the driver, the bus company and the bus manufacturer.

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Third lawsuit filed in fatal Woodmore bus crash

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Attorneys have filed a lawsuit on behalf of Shanquatta Byrd, a mother of a student that suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in the Woodmore Elementary School bus crash. 

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Chattanooga police warns community of Woodmore Elementary scammers

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Chattanooga Police and Northgate Mall Security believe there is a man on mall property attempting to collect money for Woodmore Elementary and the victims in the Talley Road school bus crash. 

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NTSB: Talley Road not part of bus route where crash happened

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart (center) is briefed by the Chattanooga Police Dept. and Tennessee Highway Patrol Tuesday. NTSB photo NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart (center) is briefed by the Chattanooga Police Dept. and Tennessee Highway Patrol Tuesday. NTSB photo
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There were no bus stops along the 300 block of Talley Road. Hamilton County School officials confirm it was not a part of the driver's scheduled route.

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UPDATE: School correspondence reveals complaints against Woodmore bus driver

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The information contains letters from parents, students, and school officials which document various incidents and complaints against the driver and the students' safety on the bus.

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Chattanooga Tent Co. donates tent to protect Woodmore memorial

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Chattanooga is expected to get its first major rain in months on Monday night, many were concerned about protecting the Woodmore Elementary memorial on Talley Road. 

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Zoie Nash: Family of Woodmore crash victims thankful for community support

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Zoie's mother somehow found the strength to see the place where her 9-year-old daughter lost her life.  

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Woodmore Elementary says 'experienced driver' will replace Bus 366 route

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It has been a week since the tragic bus crash that killed six Woodmore Elementary students and injured dozens. 

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More than 400 teddy bears donated for Woodmore memorial ride

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The Chattanooga bike community has collected 400 teddy bears, which will be donated to Woodmore Elementary Students. 

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Funeral service being held for 9-year-old bus crash victim

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Funeral services are being held in Chattanooga for a 9-year-old girl who died in a school bus crash that also killed five other children.

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Local LongHorn Steakhouse locations hosts pancake breakfast benefit for Woodmore families

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Local LongHorn Steakhouses are hosting a number of pancake breakfasts to benefit the families of the Woodmore Elementary bus crash that occurred on November 21st.  

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Keonte Wilson: A second grader who loved playing football

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Family members identify the child as 8-year-old Keonte Wilson.

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Cor'Dayja Jones: Cousin of local principal

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Nine-year-old Cor'Dayja Jones is the cousin of Lafrederick Thirkill, principal at Orchard Knob Elementary School.

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Zyaira Mateen: One of the six children killed in school bus crash

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Family members of the children killed in a tragic school bus crash Monday are saying that their children have died as a result of the crash.  

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Zyanna Harris: 4th grader at Woodmore

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Zyanna Harris was 10 years old when she passed away. 

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D'Myunn Brown: A kindergarten student at Woodmore

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The mother of D'Myunn L. Brown, 6, a kindergarten student at Woodmore Elementary says her son is one of the students killed in the school bus crash that occurred Monday afternoon.  

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UPDATE: Woodmore Fund top $116,000; more donations expected

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Nearly $116,000 dollars have been donated to the "The Woodmore Fund" to benefit the victims' families.

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UPDATE: How you can help support Woodmore Elementary victims

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Hamilton County Schools has partnered with the United Way and the Community Fund of Greater Chattanooga to create a fund for the families affected by the fatal school bus crash on Monday.

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UPDATE: Five patients from bus crash still at Children’s Hospital

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On Monday, 19 crash victims were treated and released within two hours of arriving at Children’s Hospital.

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Chattanooga bus crash renews old conversation about seat belts on school buses

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The crash renews old conversation of school bus safety.

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Records reveal Durham School Services' track record

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Channel 3 took a look at Durham School Services' track record across the country including its hiring practices.

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UPDATE: Durham CEO responds to tragic bus crash; company to cover funeral costs

Durham School Services CEO David A. Duke. Durham School Services CEO David A. Duke.
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Durham CEO David A. Duke released a video response Wednesday to the Woodmore Elementary bus crash that claimed the lives of five children. The video was followed by a release from the Hamilton County Department of Education.

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Titans donate $25,000 to Woodmore Fund, will wear W.E.S. helmet decal to honor

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The Tennessee Titans Foundation will donate $25,000 to The Woodmore Fund following the tragic school bus accident involving Woodmore Elementary School students on Nov. 21 in Chattanooga.

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School Board member Karitsa Jones comments on Woodmore bus crash

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Hamilton County District 5 School Board member Karitsa Mosely Jones released a statement Wednesday regarding the Woodmore Elementary bus crash.

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Parent of surviving student in Woodmore crash files lawsuit

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Channel 3 received a copy of the lawsuit from attorney Herbert Thornbury who represents the plaintiff, Kimberly Boling. Boling's 8-year-old son was on the bus when it crashed.

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How to help

How you can help the families touched by the Woodmore bus crash.

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Police: 'No drugs or alcohol found in school bus driver's system'

Photo by WRCB reporter Michelle Heron. Photo by WRCB reporter Michelle Heron.
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Chattanooga Police Sergeant Austin Garrett said toxicology results for the driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, show no drugs or alcohol were in Walker's system at the time of the crash.

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First responders compete to donate blood

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It was a ‘Battle of the Badges" Wednesday morning as two Chattanooga departments competed to see which group could donate the most blood. 

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Vols visit victims of Woodmore and staff at Erlanger

A special moment for Children's Hospital at Erlanger today: as Vols Derek Barnett, Alvin Kamara, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Butch Jones visited the ER, ICU and patient floor to the those injured in Monday's bus crash. A special moment for Children's Hospital at Erlanger today: as Vols Derek Barnett, Alvin Kamara, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Butch Jones visited the ER, ICU and patient floor to the those injured in Monday's bus crash.
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The children injured in Monday's bus crash and the staff at Erlanger received a surprise visit at the hospital Wednesday.

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NBC INVESTIGATION

Is your kid's school bus driver safe?

An NBC News investigation of traffic violations led Dallas County Schools to suspend more than 200 drivers. KXAS photo An NBC News investigation of traffic violations led Dallas County Schools to suspend more than 200 drivers. KXAS photo
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Investigations by NBC-owned stations across the country have found school bus drivers running red lights in four of the nation's largest school districts.

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UPDATE: Victims' mother complained about driver before bus crash

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Police say Walker was driving "well above" the posted speed of 30 mph before the deadly crash.

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TN Gov. Bill Haslam visits Woodmore Elementary School

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Governor Haslam is expected to meet with the principal and teachers who lost students in the crash Wednesday morning.

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Signs of hope, healing at Woodmore bus crash memorial service

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It was an emotional night remembering the five little lives lost from Woodmore Elementary School. The community came together Tuesday night to remember the victims and pray for the children who remain in the hospital.

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UPDATE: President- elect Donald Trump reacts to deadly school bus crash Video included

Tweet from President-elect Donald Trump. Tweet from President-elect Donald Trump.
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President-elect Donald Trump sends his condolences to the families of the children killed in the crash, along with many other big names across the country.

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Police: Bus driver speeding before crash Video included

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Walker was driving "well above" the posted speed of 30 mph, police say.

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NTSB updates public on Woodmore bus crash

NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart (center) is briefed by the Chattanooga Police Dept. and Tennessee Highway Patrol Tuesday. NTSB photo NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart (center) is briefed by the Chattanooga Police Dept. and Tennessee Highway Patrol Tuesday. NTSB photo
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NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart says bus 366, driven by 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, had just left the school and not dropped off any of the 35 children on board before the crash on Talley Road Tuesday afternoon.

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Woodmore School Bus Crash: Impact on first responders

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Monday’s tragedy is a heart break for the dozens of first responders to the scene. Crews worked for hours trying to rescue the 37 children on board. 

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McCormick to push bill requiring all Tennessee school buses have seat belts

House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga. Photo by Erik Schelzig/AP House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga. Photo by Erik Schelzig/AP
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McCormick said his intent is to require all current buses be retrofitted and that new buses come equipped with three-point safety belts. 

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Residents on Talley Road seek normalcy after crash

Bus 366 is taken out of the Brainerd neighborhood Tuesday morning. WRCBtv.com photo Bus 366 is taken out of the Brainerd neighborhood Tuesday morning. WRCBtv.com photo
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Investigators spent the majority of the day trying to find answers and restore normalcy to a community shaken by a horrific crash.  

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Woodmore Elementary parents struggle to find answers

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The brisk air made it feel like a typical November morning but for students at Woodmore Elementary School, it was anything but.  Warm hugs greeted parents and students as they arrived. 

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UPDATE: NTSB team on the ground at site of fatal bus crash Video included

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A school bus crash Monday afternoon claimed the lives of five children and injured more than 20 others. 

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Memorial service at New Monumental Baptist Church Tuesday evening

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A school bus crash carrying 37 students killed five children and injured more than 20 students Monday afternoon on Talley Road. 

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DAVID CARROLL: Our school bus tragedy: trying to make sense of it all Video included

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I love my city.  That’s why my heart is hurting. 

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Tennessee sports community reacts to deadly school bus crash

From local to state sports figures, many in Tennessee expressed their thoughts on the deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga.

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UPDATE: Critical need for blood, Blood Assurance asking community for donations

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Lines for those willing to donate were outside the building about 7:00pm Monday night.

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UPDATE: Woodmore school bus driver could avoid jail time Video included

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Tears streamed down the faces of the people who loved the Woodmore bus crash victims most. 

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UPDATE: Hamilton Co. School Board member "troubled" by contract for private bus drivers Video included

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In the email, Hamilton County school board member Rhonda Thurman raises a number of concerns by independent bus drivers over the contract, including lower pay and drivers being charged "more fines than they make in salary."

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UPDATE: 14th lawsuit filed in Woodmore Bus Crash

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An additional lawsuit has been filed in connection to the Woodmore bus crash that killed six children in November 2016.

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UPDATE: Seat belts on school buses bill moves forward with changes Video included

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The bill received a positive recommendation from state lawmakers in the House Government Operations Committee.

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UPDATE: Hamilton County school board approves contract with Durham School Services Video included

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Board members voted unanimously to approve a 2-year contract with Durham.

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Tennessee Senate backs age limit for school bus drivers

The Woodmore memorial after the deadly 2016 bus crash. The Woodmore memorial after the deadly 2016 bus crash.

After a deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga, the Tennessee Senate has passed a bill requiring school bus drivers to be at least 25 years old without serious traffic violations in the last three years.

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Woodmore bus driver pleads 'not guilty' in death of 6 children

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The man behind the wheel of the Woodmore school bus when it crashed, killing six children, appeared in court by video Friday for his arraignment.    

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UPDATE: Judge delays civil lawsuits against Woodmore bus driver

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Lawyers for a man accused of causing a Chattanooga bus crash that killed six Woodmore students say they want civil litigation against their client put on hold to protect his constitutional rights during his criminal case.

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Channel 3 goes on ride-along with TN state trooper monitoring school bus

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The multi-agency safety enhancement plan comes after the Woodmore Elementary bus crash in November that killed six children and injured many others.

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Durham moves to have federal case dismissed

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The response filed Thursday says the school bus company should not be held liable for the November 2016 crash that claimed the lives of six children.

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New legislation could change age requirement for bus drivers

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State lawmakers have different approaches to address safety on school buses, but agree change should happen during this legislative session. 

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NTSB releases preliminary report on deadly Woodmore bus crash

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The crash happened on November 21 of last year and ultimately claimed the lives of six Woodmore Elementary School students.

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UPDATE: Families begin collecting contributions from Woodmore Fund

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The Woodmore Fund is now distributing the community's contributions to families affected by the tragic bus crash.  

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School board members discuss renewing contract with Durham School Services

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Hamilton County School Board members are considering whether they'll renew the contract with Durham School Services for transportation.
School Board member and Finance Chair, Tiffanie Robinson says she'll be calling a meeting next week.

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Driver in fatal Chattanooga bus crash given extra training

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The driver in a school bus crash that killed six Chattanooga children had been given additional training after previous traffic accidents in the months before the fatal wreck.

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Tennessee AG warns of "predatory" law firms after Woodmore bus crash

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III. AP photo Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III. AP photo
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Slatery warned of difficult to understand legal contracts, incentives to get families to agree to the lawyers' services and the promise of millions of dollars in civil lawsuits.

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Remembering Woodmore one month after deadly bus crash

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Kelly thanked the first responders, doctors, nurses and the community for their support.

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Woodmore Fund posts video appeal for donations

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A new video released by the Woodmore Fund asks for donations to the fund as the Christmas season nears.

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Tearful tribute for Woodmore; Durham contract faces scrutiny

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A moment of silence was held at the Hamilton County School Board meeting to remember the six children killed in the Woodmore bus crash. 

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UPDATE: Last patients from Woodmore bus crash leave hospital

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Erlanger says the last two patients from the November bus crash have been released from the hospital.

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UPDATE: Brainerd JROTC Cadets take down makeshift memorial on Talley Road

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Family members of the Woodmore bus crash victims gathered at the memorial Wednesday to say their goodbyes. 

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TN congressman introduces school bus seat belt bill

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The bill would create federal grants to purchase new school buses with lap/shoulder seat belts or equip existing ones.

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UPDATE: Two more lawsuits filed in Woodmore bus crash

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The lawsuits allege Walker was driving in a “negligent and careless fashion” when he lost control of the bus. The bus flipped over and struck a tree and utility pole in front of a house.

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UPDATE: Woodmore bus crash cause could take more than a year to be released

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The NTSB announced Thursday it has completed the on-scene phase of the agency’s investigation of the fatal, Nov. 21, 2016, school bus crash on Talley Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Pediatrician talks about emotional night of Woodmore bus crash

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For the first time, Channel 3 is talking to an Erlanger doctor who was working at the time of the Woodmore bus crash that killed six children. 

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Durham CEO issues new video statement on tragic bus crash

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Durham School Services is the company contracted by Hamilton County for school bus drivers.

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Second lawsuit filed in Woodmore crash

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A second family has filed a lawsuit against Johnthony Walker and Durham School Services, saying their 9-year-old child is permanently disfigured because of the negligence that caused last week's crash.

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One week after bus crash, Woodmore students adjusting to "new normal"

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Administrators' goal was creating a safe and comforting environment for students, who are still trying to process what happened to their classmates.

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Hundreds of teddy bears collected for Woodmore school community

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Local motorcyclists took the time to brighten the day for students at Woodmore Elementary School. 

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Durham School Services to cover various costs for bus crash victims

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Durham President and CEO David Duke said the company will be paying for the funerals of the six victims and medical costs of all students in the crash for up to six months after the date of their release from the hospital. The company plans to pay for counseling and other services as well.

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