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6 kids dead in US bus crash

Six people were killed Monday when a Chattanooga, Tennessee school bus with 35 young children aboard crashed, turned on its side and wrapped around a tree, according to the district attorney.

Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston told media outlets that five people died at the scene and one died at the hospital. Melydia Clewell, spokeswoman for the district attorney, confirmed the number.

Previously, Chattanooga Police Assistant Chief Tracy Arnold said officials would not identify the students who died, or their ages, until parents were notified. Twenty-three children were brought to hospitals, officials said.

The bus was carrying students from Woodmore Elementary ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.

Chattanooga police chief Fred Fletcher said officers were interviewing the bus driver to determine what happened.

Fletcher said at a news conference that the bus was the only vehicle involved in the crash. (AP)