Pray for these people.
Tennessee Church Bus Crash Kills 8 and Injures 14
According to The NY Daily News
A church bus crash on a highway in Jefferson County, Tenn., killed at least eight people and injured up to 14 others Wednesday, local media report.
The bus’ left front tire burst about 2 p.m. heading east on Interstate 40 and it drifted into the median, causing it to collide with a tractor-trailer and a Chevrolet Tahoe, reported the Knoxville News Sentinel.
The tractor-trailer immediately caught fire and the bus overturned as dark clouds stretched high into sky.
Firefighters rushed to the scene and blasted water to extinguish the blaze but smoke was still rising from the wreck hours later.
Among the dead were six bus passengers, the tractor-trailer’s driver and an SUV passenger, according to Dalya Qualls, an officer with the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security.
She told the Knoxville News Sentinel that the bus was carrying 18 people in total.
Among the injured, eight are in critical condition and two are in serious condition, according to Susan Wyatt, spokeswoman for the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
The bus was carrying senior churchgoers from the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C. The group was coming back the 17th Annual Fall Jubilee in Gatlinburg, Tenn., The Statesville Record & Landmark newspaper reported. Acclaimed evangelist Rev. Charles Stanley spoke to attendees during the spiritual retreat, which was advertised as “three days of singing, laughing and preaching.”
Fall Jubilee organizers shared their condolences on the retreat website.
“Our thoughts are with our friends at Front Street Baptist Church in their tragic loss,” the statement said.
All lanes on the highway in Jefferson County were closed throughout the afternoon as emergency crews rushed to the scene, local media said.
The state’s department of transportation estimates that the highway will remain closed-off until about 9 p.m. tonight.
It’s sad they were returning from a jubilee, “singing, laughing and preaching,” and then they get hit by a tractor-trailer. Damn.