NEAR KNOXVILLE, TN (CNN/KYTX) - A crash involving three vehicles, including a church bus and a tractor trailer, leaves at least eight people dead.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol believes the bus driver lost control after a tire blew out. The bus then crossed the median, breaking through cables and crashing into the tractor trailer and an SUV. The driver of the tractor trailer, six people riding on the church bus, and one of three people inside the SUV were all killed.
"In my 17 years, this is the most serious incident I've ever been apart of," says Sgt. Bill Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The seniors on the bus were from a church in North Carolina. They were returning home from a gospel fest when the accident happened. As part of the investigation, the Tennessee Highway Patrol says they will look at the bus driver's qualifications and driving history as well as any other possible mechanical failures that might have contributed to the crash.