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8 people killed in a Tennessee bus crash

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DANDRIDGE, Tenn.- Authorities said, a Church bus blew a tire, veered across the highway median and hit a sport utility vehicle and tractor-trailer Wednesday in a fiery wreck that killed eight people,

The bus was carrying members of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C., which is about 140 miles east of the crash.

“14 other people were hurt in the crash in northeastern Tennessee, and all but two of them had been taken to hospitals,” state Department of Safety and Homeland Security spokeswoman Dalya Qualls said in an email.

Qualls also said “18 people were on the bus and six of them were killed. One person among the three in the SUV was killed and the tractor-trailer driver also died.”

The accident shut down interstate 40 in Jefferson County.