DANDRIDGE (WATE) - Members of the Dandridge community held a prayer service Wednesday evening to pray for the victims and families of victims in the deadly Jefferson County crash.
"Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep," Associate Pastor Cory Hammett told the congregation at First Baptist Church in Dandridge.
The three-vehicle crash on Interstate 40 left eight people dead and 14 others injured.
Several of the victims were on board a church bus from North Carolina headed home.
"It's every pastor's nightmare," Pastor Bob Brown said.
Brown was called to the scene of the crash to serve as chaplain and saw the wreckage first-hand.
"I can't imagine what's going through the minds of those that are involved," Brown said. "We're just trying to process. It's easy to give real simple answers at this time but at the end of the day we will promise to pray and promise to render whatever care we can."
The First Baptist Church offered hospitality to the family of one Knoxville man killed in the crash.
"They came here just to rest after they had been on the scene for a while and just rest and wait on family from Knoxville to pick them up and take them home," Hammett said.
Hammett said the family was returning from a fishing trip when the crash happened.
"The father was very comforted because he knew at the moment of his son's death that his son was spending eternity with Christ and he had a peace about him because of that," Hammett said.