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8 people killed in tragic Tennessee bus accident

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, a tragic bus crash in Tennessee resulted in the death of eight people. The accident occurred while a bus loaded with churchgoers traveled along Interstate 40 through northeastern Tennessee. After the accident, the bus was left on its side. In addition to the eight people who were killed, there were an additional fourteen people were injured. Two of the injured were critically hurt.

The bus contained a group of senior citizens from an out of state church who were eagerly heading on the group's annual outing. The trip involved a three-day long festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The festival would include different speakers and gospel singers.

According to police, the accident happened after the church bus blew a tire. It then careened out of control across the highway median. After crossing the median, it smashed into an SUV and a semi truck. A person inside the sport utility vehicle was killed. Also, the semi truck caught on fire and that driver was killed.

Anyone who was injured in this accident may have the ability to file a personal injury claim. Moreover, surviving family members of those who died retain the option of filing a wrongful death action. There are numerous scenarios that could be blamed for this accident. One could be the fault of the bus company for not maintaining safe tires on its vehicles, for example. By holding the party or parties ultimately deemed responsible for this accident accountable, victims and/or their family members may be able to obtain monetary compensation for their devastating injuries and/or loss of life.

Source: The Washington Post, Most of 8 dead in fiery bus crash in Tenn. identified; a close-knit church in NC seeks healing, No author, Oct. 2, 2013

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