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Update: 8 dead after fiery bus crash shuts I-40; Johnson City helicopter picking up victims

October 2nd, 2013 2:26 pm by Staff report — Knoxville News Sentinel

Update: 8 dead after fiery bus crash shuts I-40; Johnson City helicopter picking up victims

Scene of a collision involving a commercial bus and a tractor trailer on I-40 1 mile from intersection with I-81. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

At least eight people are dead and 12 injured following a fiery crash Wednesday on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County involving a church bus, a tractor-trailer and an SUV.

Six people on the bus were killed along with the driver of the tractor-trailer and a person in the SUV, according to Dalya Qualls, public information officer with the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security. The bus was carrying 18 people, according to Qualls, and three people were in the Tahoe.

According to Qualls, the bus’s left front tire blew out as it headed east on I-40. The bus then moved from the eastbound I-40 lanes and across the median, clipping the westbound Tahoe and continued on, striking the westbound tractor-trailer on the left side.

Read more at Knoxnews.com.


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