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Eight killed in bus crash

Texas bus operators and commercial drivers may have been saddened to hear of a tragic accident in Tennessee on Oct. 2. A church bus was traveling on Interstate 40 in the northeast corner of the state when its tire blew out, causing it to cross the median and into oncoming traffic. The bus collided with an SUV and a tractor trailer, leading to the bus overturning and the truck catching fire.

The fatal accident claimed the lives of six people on the bus, one in the SUV, and the driver of the tractor trailer. Another fourteen individuals were hurt, twelve of them requiring transportation to the hospital. Four were of the injured were airlifted, while eight were transported by ambulance.

Later that night, the University of Tennessee Medical Center announced that five of the injured were in stable condition, while seven were in serious condition and two were in critical condition. The church bus was owned by the Front Street Baptist Church of Statesville, N.C. Friends and family of the occupants of the bus attempted to reach out to their fellow parishoners and determine who was hurt. There is speculation that one of the church members, a 73-year-old man, was driving the bus when it crashed.

If it comes to light that the tire was defective, the victims and their survivors may choose to seek legal redress for wrongful death. In such a circumstance, a personal injury lawyer may determine the manufacturer of the tire and investigate for any prior safety violations.

Source: FOX News, "At least 8 dead after bus overturns in Tennessee, authorities say", October 02, 2013

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