Jefferson County church bus crash victims' children want peace

Jefferson County church bus crash victims' children want peace

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Ronnie Morrison Ronnie Morrison
Rebecca Johnson Rebecca Johnson
Randolph and Barbara Morrison (source: Facebook) Randolph and Barbara Morrison (source: Facebook)

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - 6 News spoke with two people who believe their father was driving the bus involved in Wednesday's deadly crash on I-40. They say their mom was killed in the crash as well.

Investigators say the bus carrying members of Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C. was traveling eastbound when its front left tire popped. The bus went through a median barricade before slamming into a tractor trailer and an SUV pulling a boat trailer that were traveling westbound.

The tractor trailer caught fire and the bus overturned. Eight people were killed, 6 of whom were on the bus.

Rebecca Johnson and Ronnie Morrison spoke about their parents, Randolph and Barbara Morrison, at UT Medical Center Thursday morning.

Johnson and Morrison say their parents lived across the street from the church. They were initially told their father may have survived the crash, but that turned out not to be the case.

"[A UT Medical Center official] called me again last night after two to let me know she was very sorry that she had given us that sense of hope and urgency to get there to know that, on the way here, that we found out it was not him," said Johnson.

They say they are asking the Lord to bless their families and for peace. They say their church family is supporting one another.

They say their father drove church buses all his life and their mom taught Sunday school. Johnson and Morrison want to put focus in what their parents were doing when the crash happened: learning and growing in faith.

"There's a lot of hurting people," said Rebecca Johnson. "We lost our mom and dad, but there's a lot of people who are scared right now. They have a lot of hurt and questions as well."

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