facebook
twitter
search
search

Church bus overturns killing 8 on I-40 in Tennessee

Oct. 2, 2013 at 5:24 PM

DANDRIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A church bus blew a tire, crossed the median and overturned on Interstate 40 in Tennessee Wednesday afternoon killing at least eight people, state police said.

The white bus was heading east on the highway when it crossed into the westbound lanes striking a tractor-trailer truck and a Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle between mile markers 422 and 424, authorities said.

Twelve people injured in the accident were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, WATE-TV, Knoxville, reported.

"We were able to get in and out to everybody," J. Ray Walker of the Jefferson County Volunteer Rescue Squad told the television station.

Officials said there were eight dead -- six on the bus, the truck driver and one person in the SUV -- but the conditions of the injured were not reported.

The bus was on its side but did not catch fire while the semi truck went up in flames. The Tennessee Highway Patrol closed all lanes of Interstate 40.

Related UPI Stories
Topics: State Police
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Rapper DMX found unconscious, revived by New York police
Alaska woman claims McDonald's Happy Meal hasn't aged in six years
N.H. primary polls open: Kasich, Sanders get early leads
5 Reasons why Denver Broncos won't be repeat champions
Exposure to flashing light may prevent jet lag