8 people died after an I-40 crash in Tennessee on Oct. 2. According to ABC Chicago, a bus carrying a church group from North Carolina blew a tire and veered across the median into oncoming traffic. It collided with a tractor trailer and an SUV on the opposite side of the road. Police say that 14 people were injured in the crash that shut down part of the I-40 highway for several hours.
"The wreck left the bus on its side next to the tractor-trailer, lying across two lanes of traffic and extending partially into the median. It was not yet known what caused the tire to blow out," ABC Chicago reported.
Of the 8 killed in the I-40 crash, only a couple have been identified. According to the report, authorities say that it could take a few days to properly identify all of those who were killed because their bodies were so badly burned. All 8 people who were killed were traveling on the bus. The injured fourteen included two in critical condition, seven in serious condition, and five in stable condition.
The report describes the passengers as "a tight-knit group of seniors." who were "on an annual road trip, following a tradition for members of the Young at Heart Ministry to attend the Fall Jubilee in Gatlinburg, Tenn., which features gospel singers and speakers," ABC Chicago reported.
The 8 dead in the I-40 crash will be remembered in a memorial at a school in N.C. Families are busy planning funeral services following a trip that turned to tragedy in the blink of an eye.
© Effie Orfanides 2013