KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 28, 2014) A blown tire on a church bus was the cause of an accident that killed eight people in three vehicles last October, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Monday
Speaking at a news conference Monday in Knoxville, Tenn., Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott called the crash one of the worst traffic accidents in Tennessee history.
Trott said the investigation found no defect in the tire.
He said the evidence indicates the tire hit an object sometime in the 50 miles before the crash and then blew out because of the damage.
The bus was returning to Statesville, N.C., with a group of seniors who had been attending a religious retreat in Gatlinburg.
After the tire blew, the driver lost control and crossed the median, hitting a sports utility vehicle and an 18-wheeler.