PHOTO SUBMITTED Eight people were killed and 14 others injured in this fiery three-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County on Wednesday. Investigators said the front tire blew out on a church bus from North Carolina, triggering the head-on collision. Emergency crews from Jefferson, Cocke, Sevier, Hamblen and Knox counties responded to the scene.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-10-03 07:54:50)
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

JEFFERSON COUNTY-At least eight people died, and 14 were injured, when a church bus from Statesville, N.C. was involved in a fiery wreck on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 3, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.Officials at the scene described it as "horrific".The THP reported that, at about 2 p.m., a passenger bus was traveling east on I-40 near mile marker 423 when its left front tire blew out. The driver of the bus lost control of the bus, which crossed the median and crashed into a tractor-trailer and clipped a Tahoe SUV that were headed west. The tractor-trailer apparently caught fire immediately, and the bus overturned.Within five minutes the wreck, the first emergency crews from Jefferson County arrived and began helping the victims while sending out the call for more help.For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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