two dozen of the 35 Woodmore Elementary School students on the bus were taken to hospitals here after the accident, which occurred before 3:30 p.m. about a mile from the school, Chief Fred Fletcher of the Chattanooga Police Department said on Monday night.

“Our thoughts, our prayers and all of our efforts are with the families of these children and others impacted by this tragedy,” said Chief Fletcher, who described the accident as a single-vehicle crash.

Five children died at the scene; another died at a hospital, a spokeswoman for Neal Pinkston, the Hamilton County district attorney, said on Monday afternoon.

Chief Fletcher confirmed multiple children had died but refused to say how many, pending notification of their families. Information on the conditions of the children who were taken to the hospital was unavailable.