Butch Jones, Tennessee players visit Chattanooga crash victims

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Butch Jones and three of his Tennessee players paid a pre-Thanksgiving visit to Chattanooga on Wednesday, where they met with the victims of the school bus crash that killed five children and left more than a dozen hospitalized earlier in the week.

“It was the least we could do,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said on the SEC teleconference. “I tell you what, it was monumental. For all the individuals at Woodmore Elementary and Erlanger children’s hospital. You sit there, and we’re talking about it as a team and you’re hearing about it and your heart goes out to all the victims and all the families.”

Jones made the plane trip with All-American defensive end Derek Barnett and team captains Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Alvin Kamara.

“I’ll tell ya, it puts things into perspective. It’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” Jones said.

On Monday, the bus carrying 37 children slammed into a tree, flipped over and split in half. The driver has been arrested on vehicular homicide charges.

Others in the community offered their support through social media.