TN bus crash kills 8, injures 14

TN bus crash kills 8, injures 14

The identification of the bodies of eight people killed in the crash of a church bus in eastern Tennessee with an SUV and tractor-trailer is being hampered by the ‘horrific’ nature of the tragedy, state troopers said Thursday.

Fourteen people were injured — two in critical condition — in the Wednesday afternoon crash, Brad Phillips,the director of emergency services in Jefferson County told reporters.

The crash occurred about 30 miles east of Knoxville when the left front tire on the bus malfunctioned, sending the 40-thousand pound vehicle screaming across the median where it hit a Tahoe van and slammed into the 18-wheeler.

The bus carried 18 elderly members of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C., who were returning from the 17th annual Fall Jubilee in Gatlinburg, Tenn., a three-day gathering of gospel singers and speakers.

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