Authorities say a tire on a church bus blew out and the bus hit a tractor-trailer and sport utility vehicle in northeastern Tennessee, killing eight people. (Courtesy: WVLT-TV)
DANDRIDGE, Tenn. -
Authorities say at least eight people were killed when a tire blew out on a bus taking a church group home to North Carolina and the bus hit a tractor-trailer and sport utility vehicle in northeastern Tennessee.
The state Department of Safety and Homeland Security said the chartered bus crossed the median in Jefferson County about 2 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 40. The bus clipped an oncoming SUV and hit the tractor-trailer, which burst into flames. The bus, which was heading eastbound, overturned.
The agency said 14 people were hurt.
Interstate 40 in Jefferson County is re-opened this morning.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said it was a church bus, did he did not know name.
Many people have taken to the church's Facebook page to leave their condolences and wishes.
Amy Wood spoke with Pat Haney, an exhibitor at the Fall Jubilee in Gatlinburg that 6,000 people attend. She says a number of churches from our area were in attendance. Listen here.