Most victims of fiery bush crash identified

MITCH WEISS and KRISTIN M. HALL
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Emergency personnel search the scene near a collision involving a bus on I-40, in Dandridge, Tenn, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. A spokeswoman for Tennessee's Safety Department says there are multiple fatalities and injuries in an interstate bus crash between a passenger bus, a tractor-trailer and another vehicle. (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Michael Patrick)

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified seven of the eight people killed in a fiery bus crash on Interstate 40 on Wednesday.

Six of the dead were members of the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C. They include the bus driver, Randy Morrison, and his wife, Barbara Morrison.

Other victims from the church are Cloyce Matheny, Brenda Smith, Marsha McLelland and John Wright. All are from Statesville except Wright, who is from Mocksville, N.C.

The Highway Patrol says the bus veered across the median and into oncoming traffic after a tire blew out, hitting a sport utility vehicle and a tractor-trailer, which caught fire.

One person in the sport utility vehicle, Trent Roberts of Knoxville, was killed.

The driver of the tractor-trailer also was killed but has not yet been identified.