Tennessee church bus crash leaves eight dead, police say

Scene of crash in Tennessee. 2 Oct 2013 The lorry caught fire and the bus overturned after the collision

At least eight people have been killed and 14 injured in a crash involving a bus and two other vehicles in the US state of Tennessee, police say.

The church-chartered bus is reported to have blown a tyre and collided with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a lorry on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County.

Pictures from the scene showed the bus overturned and the lorry on fire.

Six of the dead were on the bus and one each from the SUV and the tractor-trailer, a police spokeswoman said.

The bus, from Statesville, North Carolina, had been travelling east.

Interstate 40 was closed in both directions while emergency crews dealt with the incident.

The Statesville Record & Landmark newspaper in North Carolina reported that the bus had been chartered by the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville.

Parishioners had been on their way back from a visit to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, a church spokesperson said.

More on This Story

More US & Canada stories



  • Man with typewriterLove to Patrick

    The official whose over-familiar letters infuriated his boss

  • Man's hands putting ring on woman's fingerName changer

    Why do wives take a man's name after marriage?

  • Person scratching their arm10 things

    Scratching really does make things itch, and other nuggets

  • Corsican flagCorsican mafia

    Are Corsica's days of mafia and militants over?

  • Mobil canopies on the A6 at Red Hill, LeicestershireEnglish heritage

    Zebra crossings to bus stations: unusual listed buildings

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.