8 People Killed In 3-Vehicle Crash On I-40 In Jefferson County, Tn.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Eight people were killed and 14 injured in a tragic three-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County, Tn., on Wednesday afternoon.

The incident happened at 2 p.m. when a chartered bus from Statesville, N.C. blew a tire. It was at mile marker 432.

The wreck also involved a tractor-trailer and an SUV.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the bus was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 when the left front tire blew out. The bus then traveled across the median, clipped the westbound Tahoe, continued traveling and struck the tractor-trailer on the left side.  The tractor-trailer immediately caught fire and the bus overturned.

Authorities said it appears there were 18 occupants on the bus, three occupants in the SUV and one occupant in the tractor-trailer. 

The fatalities included six on the bus, one in the tractor-trailer and one in the SUV.

Of the injured, four were transported by EMS-Air to hospitals, eight were transported by EMS-ground to hospitals) and two were not transported.

Traffic was rerouted on the eastbound side at the I-40, I-81 junction. On the westbound side, the traffic was being diverted at mile marker 432.

All lanes were reopened at 5:15 a.m. Thursday.

The American Red Cross has provided a contact number for individuals who may have had loved ones involved in the crash. Those individuals can contact 865-305-5716 for more information.

 

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