Multiple fatalities reported in Tenn. bus crash

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - 4:45 Update:

Authorities say a tire on a church bus blew out and the bus hit a tractor-trailer and sport utility vehicle in northeastern Tennessee, killing eight people.

The state Department of Safety and Homeland Security said the chartered bus crossed the median in Jefferson County about 2 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 40. The bus clipped an oncoming SUV and hit the tractor-trailer, which burst into flames. The bus, which was heading eastbound, overturned.

The agency said 14 people were hurt.

The accident has shut down Interstate 40 in Jefferson County.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeremy Heidt said it was a church bus, did he did not know name.

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Original Story:

A spokeswoman for Tennessee's Safety Department says there are multiple fatalities and injuries in an interstate bus crash between a passenger bus, a tractor-trailer and another vehicle.

Spokeswoman Dalya Qualls said in an email the bus was traveling in northeast Tennessee when it crossed the median and struck the other two vehicles. The tractor-trailer caught fire and the bus overturned.

Qualls does not yet know the number of injured and dead.

The accident has shut down Interstate 40 in Jefferson County.

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