Emergency workers examine the wreckage of a bus that crossed the median on Interstate 40 and hit an SUV and then a truck that burst in flames Wednesday Oct. 2, 2013, near Dandridge, Tenn. Authorities say at least eight people were killed in the accident. (Paul Efird/News Sentinel) (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Paul Efird)
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a crash involving a bus on I-40, in Dandridge, Tenn, on Wednesday. (Michael Patrick/The Associated Press)
In this aerial photo, emergency workers respond to a crash involving a passenger bus and a tractor-trailer near Dandridge, Tenn., on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The bus, which was carrying members of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C., blew a tire, veered across the highway median and hit a sport utility vehicle and the tractor-trailer, authorities said. (AP Photo/Citizen Tribune, Gary Smith)
DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — A church bus blew a tire, veered across a highway median and hit a sport utility vehicle and tractor-trailer Wednesday in a fiery wreck that killed eight people, authorities said.
Fourteen other people were hurt in the crash in northeastern Tennessee, and all but two of them had been taken to hospitals, state Department of Safety and Homeland Security spokeswoman Dalya Qualls said in an email. The extent of their injuries was not immediately available.
The bus was carrying members of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C., which is about 140 miles east of the crash site.
Dionne Stutts, wife of Front Street Baptist senior pastor Tim Stutts, said the bus was carrying a senior adult group home from a trip to Gatlinburg.
She said her husband and another pastor from the church were en route to the wreck site.