October 2, 2013: Tennessee Church Bus Crash - At Least Eight Dead With More Than One Dozen Injured
Church bus hits tractor-trailer and car after crossing median near I-81 split.
Per USA Today: A North Carolina church bus crashed into an SUV and a tractor-trailer after it blew a tire and crossed a median on Interstate 40 in eastern Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon, killing at least eight people, according to police and news outlets.
The fatalities included six of the 18 bus passengers, the big-rig driver and one person in the Chevrolet Tahoe, said Tennessee Department of Safety spokeswoman Dalya Qualls. Fourteen people were injured, with four airlifted to area hospitals and eight transported by ambulance.
The crash occurred about 2 p.m. near the Interstate 81 split in Jefferson County, about 30 miles east of Knoxville, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.
Qualls said the eastbound chartered bus veered into the westbound lanes after its left-front tire blew about 2 p.m., clipping the SUV before slamming into the tractor-trailer, which burst into flames, WBIR-TV reported.