Eight dead in Tennessee crash horror

WASHINGTON: Eight people were killed when a bus packed with members of a church group blew a tire and slammed into oncoming traffic, officials in the US state of Tennessee said Wednesday.

A statement from the Tennessee Department of Safety said the bus carrying 18 people veered into an opposite lane and collided with an SUV and a tractor-trailer before overturning.

A preliminary toll of fatalities said six people traveling on the bus had died along with one person traveling in the SUV and one aboard the tractor-trailer, which burst into flames following the collision.

A further 14 people were injured, including four people who were airlifted from the crash site on Jefferson County’s Interstate 40 freeway, Tennessee Department of Safety spokeswoman Dalya Qualls said in a statement to AFP.