Chattanooga residents rush to give blood after bus crash

(CNN) — Lines to donate blood are out the door at Blood Assurance in Chattanooga after a bus flipped over and slammed into a tree Monday afternoon.

At least five children were killed in the crash, according to school officials, and six others are currently hospitalized.

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College students, older adults and officers dropped everything to give blood after the crash, said Rebekah Bell, a local resident.

“The Blood Assurance staff made sure that everyone was comfortable, and had a snack and drink before and after giving,” she said. “Most staff had been working since 7 a.m. and were still going as long as people wanted to donate.”

Although lines are long, Blood Assurance is fast-tracking people with the blood type O negative, according to Bell.

The blood bank has also extended its hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at three locations. Spokeswoman Mindy Quinn said that “hundreds and hundreds” of people have flocked to give blood.

In response to the tragedy, many residents are channeling their grief into generosity.