Massive 3 vehicle car wreck takes 8 lives in Tennessee

Whenever there is a bus full of people, any kind of accident can result in a wide range of injuries for those involved. A recent deadly Tennessee car wreck involved a bus, a tractor trailer and an SUV. There were fatalities from each of the three vehicles, with the most coming from the bus.

The bus was filled with church members who had just left a music and preaching festival in Tennessee. As the bus was going down the highway, a front tire blew out for some reason. The bus then careened across the median. It then hit both a tractor trailer and an SUV. The bus overturned and the tractor trailer caught on fire.

One person in the tractor trailer and one person, out of three, in the SUV were killed at the scene. There were six people on the bus who were also killed. There were 14 people who were hospitalized in critical condition and there were 7 people who were reported to be in serious condition from the crash. Responders at the scene said the crash was the worst they had ever seen in the county.

While there will be an investigation to determine exactly what happened in this deadly and horrific car wreck, the families of the victims retain the right to pursue civil action. Claims will likely be made against the bus driver as well as the bus company. If it is established to the satisfaction of a Tennessee civil court that the driver or the bus company was negligent in a manner that caused or substantially contributed to the fatal crash, the families may be entitled to monetary damages. Those damages could help the families and hospitalized victims deal with any financial hardship caused by the tragic collision.

Source: NBC News, Eight killed, 14 injured as church bus overturns in Tennessee, M. Alex Johnson, Oct. 2, 2013

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