Eight People are Killed in Accident Involving a Bus in Tennessee
The tour bus industry has been dogged by a series of crashes that have claimed many lives in recent years.
In the latest tragic accident a tire blew on a bus carrying church members in Tennessee, causing an accident that killed eight people.
Six of the deceased were on the bus itself. CNN reported the blow out caused the bus to cross a median of Interstate 40 in eastern Tennessee, clipping an SUV. The bus then collided with a tractor-trailer before overturning.
“Six people on the eastbound bus were killed, along with one of three occupants of the SUV and the tractor-trailer driver,” the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a statement.
According to reports, there were 18 people on the bus, which was from Statesville, North Carolina, officials said. It was carrying senior adults who attend Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville.
Fourteen people were also injured in the wreck in Jefferson County, about 40 miles east of Knoxville, highway patrol said.
Investigators will examine the bus’s condition and check out the driver’s qualification, according to reports.
I have noted a number of serious bus crashes in recent years. Recently three people were killed in a bus crash in Indianapolis.
And a bus driver was convicted of manslaughter after he fell asleep at the wheel of a bus that crashed in Virginia in 2011, killing four passengers on I-95.
The Department of Transportation has tightened up the rules and regulations governing commercial bus travel, but the fatal crashes continue.
A bus wreck on March 12, 2011, on Interstate 95 in the Bronx in New York killed 15 people.
The most serious bus accident in U.S. history occurred on May 21, 1976, in Yuba City, California. On that day 28 people died when a bus carrying the Yuba City High School choir plunged off a cliff.
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