Jefferson County church bus crash victims identified

Jefferson County church bus crash victims identified

John Wright (source: Facebook) John Wright (source: Facebook)
Randy and Barbara Morrison (source: Facebook) Randy and Barbara Morrison (source: Facebook)
Trent Roberts (source: Twitter) Trent Roberts (source: Twitter)

DANDRIDGE (WATE) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified seven of the eight people killed and fourteen people injured in Wednesday's church bus accident on I-40 in Jefferson County.

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.

Church Bus Fatalities

  • Cloyce Matheny, 95, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Brenda Smith, 69, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Marsha Mclelland, 62, of Statesville, N.C. (wife of injured Ed Mclelland)
  • Barbara Morrison, 66, of Statesville, N.C. (wife of Randy Morrison)
  • Randy Morrison (Driver), 66, of Statesville, N.C. (husband of Barbara Morrison)
  • John Wright, 73, of Mocksville, N.C.

Church Bus Injuries

  • Thomas L. Smith, 74, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Joanna L. Elledge, 70, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Benny Elledge, 72, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Sandra Boyer, 67, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Marvin Boyer, 74, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Doris Swaim, 68, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Steven Swaim, 68, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Norma J. Hellard, 78, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Beverly Wright, 62, of Mocksville, N.C.
  • Brenda Jolly, 70, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Wanda Martin, 63, of Statesville, N.C.
  • Ed Mclelland, 64, of Statesville, N.C. (husband of deceased Marsha Mclelland)

Chevrolet Tahoe Fatality

  • Trent Roberts (rear passenger), 24, of Knoxville

Chevrolet Tahoe Injuries

  • Tim Wacker (front passenger), 28, of Knoxville
  • Jordan D. Payne (Driver), 24, of Knoxville

The driver of the tractor trailer has not been positively identified at this time.

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