KNOXVILLE, T.N. - Conditions have improved for two of the 12 people still hospitalized Friday from injuries sustained a bus crash that killed eight people--including a man from Mocksville.
The accident happened at 2 p.m. Wednesday when the church bus blew a tire on I-40 near mile marker 423, outside of Knoxville. The bus crossed the median and crashed into an SUV and a tractor trailer.
Gannett news partner WBIR in Knoxville confirms five people now are stable, five people are in serious condition and two people are still in critical condition. Two people were discharged late Thursday morning.
Front Street Baptist Church pastor Rick Cruz confirmed in a Thursday morning news conference that the two people in critical condition were on the church bus and are church members.
The Tennessee State Highway Patrol confirmed the names of the eight people killed in the crash.
John Wright, 73, from Mocksville, was killed in the crash. His wife, 62-year-old Beverly Wright, was among the 14 people injured and taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.
Yesterday, the Tennessee State Highway Patrol confirmed the names of most of the eight people killed in the crash. In addition to John Wright, people on the church bus who died are Cloyce Matheny (95, Statesville), Brenda Smith (69, Statesville), Marsha Mclelland (62, Statesville), Barbara Morrison (66, Statesville) and bus driver Randy Morrison (66, Statesville).
The passenger in the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV who died is 24-year-old Trent Roberts from Knoxville, Tn.
Late Friday morning, Tennessee Highway Patrol released the name of the tractor trailer driver who died. He is 66-year-old Mose Farmer of New Orleans, La. At the time of the crash, he was driving a 2014 Volvo tractor trailer loaded with paper towels for B.A.H. Express, a company out of Calhoun, Ga.
Front Street Baptist Church said it will hold a news conference Friday sometime between 2 and 4 p.m. The church has indicated it will announce the names, show photos and share memories of the six church members who died in the accident.
WFMY News 2 will stay on top of developments revealed at this news conference and at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.