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Victims in bus crash belonged to tightknit group

A woman sits outside of Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C. A bus with church members was involved in the crash on I-40 Wednesday. AP photo A woman sits outside of Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C. A bus with church members was involved in the crash on I-40 Wednesday. AP photo

By STEVE MEGARGEE, TRAVIS LOLLER and MITCH WEISS
Associated Press

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - For months, a tight-knit group of seniors at a North Carolina church had been looking forward to the road trip.

It was a tradition for them to attend the annual Fall Jubilee in Gatlinburg, Tenn., a three-day event featuring gospel singers and speakers.

But on the way back to Statesville, N.C., on Wednesday, the church bus carrying the members blew a tire, veered across a highway median and crashed into a sport utility vehicle and tractor-trailer in a fiery wreck that killed eight people.

Fourteen other people were hurt in the accident in northeastern Tennessee, including two who were in critical condition.

Front Street Baptist Church members are still waiting for more details. But many said they are worried. None of the victims have been identified.

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