CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - Family members have started to release the names of the young victims from the deadly Chattanooga school bus crash.
Five children were killed, 12 are in the hospital and the remaining 20 students went home to their families, according to Hamilton County Superintendent Kirk Kelly. Of the 12 in the hospital, six remained in the intensive care unit.
The school bus overturned Monday afternoon and crashed into a tree. The driver has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide.
Six-year-old Zyaira Mateen was killed and her sisters, 6-year-old Zasmyn and 10-year-old Zacauree'a are both still in intensive care, according to their mother.
Another child killed in the crash was 6-year-old D'Myunn Brown. His mother, Diamond said she plans to honor her son by grieving with a smile through the tears.
“My son he loved to smile, loved to take a picture so I always have to feel like I’m in front of the cam for him he loved the camera,” Brown said.
The crash also killed 9-year-olds Cordayja Jones and Zoie Nash.
10News is working to confirm the identity of the fifth victim.
Erlanger Children's Hospital doctors said during a Tuesday afternoon press conference that it was especially difficult because the victims were children and didn't have identification.
Doctors said many of the children weren't able to tell them their parents' names. They had to take photos to teachers from Woodmore Elementary to give them a better idea of who was who.
Because parents were told to go to the hospital, it fell on doctors and hospital officials to notify the families of children who died.
At one point, a hospital spokesperson said there were 800 family members at the hospital.
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