Rick Cruz, center, a pastor at the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C., gives a statement to the media Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Several members of the church were killed when their bus crossed a highway median and crashed near Dandridge, Tenn., on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — After the fiery crash of a church bus in Tennessee, Daniel Morrison knew a phone call would be coming.
His parents were among a group of seniors from a North Carolina church who had eagerly awaited their big annual outing, a trip to a three-day festival in Gatlinburg, Tenn., featuring gospel singers and speakers.
But on the way back Wednesday to Statesville in North Carolina, the church bus carrying the members blew a tire, veered across a highway median and crashed into a sport utility vehicle and tractor-trailer, police said.
All told, the wreck on Interstate 40 in northeastern Tennessee killed eight people, leaving the bus on its side next to the tractor-trailer, the wreckage extending across two lanes of traffic and partly into the median. Fourteen others were hurt, two in critical condition.
When Morrison was told about the crash, he feared the worst.
Then a pastor at the Front Street Baptist Church called late at night and broke the devastating news: His parents, Randy and Barbara Login to read more