Thousands attend visitation for family killed in I-65 crash

Services for the Esh family were held inside the Carhartt building in tiny Marrowbone in western Cumberland County.

"I've never seen 8 caskets lined up. Ever. As they were rolling them out, one by one, it was very quiet in there," said Jessie Crabtree of Burkesville.

It's an entire family gone in an instant. And now, a town with a population of only a few dozen, is welcoming busloads of mourners from states as far away as Montana.

"We're probably going to have 1,000 or more for the funeral," said Rev. Bill Miller.

Police say Friday's accident was caused when a truck crossed the center line of I-65 in Hart County and slammed head-on into the van carrying the Esh Family. 11 were killed, including the truck driver, Kenneth Laymon.

"We believe that there should be no harsh feelings towards the trucker," said Miller. "We don't believe God has accidents. This was planned by God. We are to accept that."

The funeral for the Esh family will be held at 10 Tuesday morning.


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