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(Jefferson County, TN) Sharon Bryson, deputy director of communications for the NTSB said the organization will not investigate a deadly bus crash due to the government shutdown.

I-40 westbound in Jefferson County, TN was reopened around 5 a.m. Thursday morning after a fatal crash Wednesday afternoon.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports eight people were killed and as many as 14 people hurt in the crash just past the I-40/I-81 split..

Six people died on the bus which belongs to the First Street Baptist Church in Statesville, NC.

The driver of an SUV and the driver of a semi truck were also killed.

It appears a tire on the bus blew out and the driver lost control.

The bus was leaving a conference in Gatlinburg, TN and headed back to Statesville.

The deceased and injured individuals are listed below.

Church Bus Fatalities

Cloyce Matheny (M), 95, Statesville, N.C.

Brenda Smith, 69, Statesville, N.C.

Marsha Mclelland, 62, Statesville, N.C. (wife of injured Ed Mclelland)

Barbara Morrison, 66, Statesville, N.C. (wife of Randy Morrison)

Randy Morrison (Driver), 66, Statesville, N.C. (husband of Barbara Morrison)

John Wright, 73, Mocksville, N.C.

Church Bus Injuries

Thomas L. Smith, 74, Statesville, N.C.

Joanna L. Elledge, 70, Statesville, N.C.

Benny Elledge, 72, Statesville, N.C.

Sandra Boyer, 67, Statesville, N.C.

Marvin Boyer, 74, Statesville, N.C.

Doris Swaim, 68, Statesville, N.C.

Steven Swaim, 68, Statesville, N.C.

Norma J. Hellard, 78, Statesville, N.C.

Beverly Wright, 62, Mocksville, N.C.

Brenda Jolly, 70, Statesville, N.C.

Wanda Martin, 63, Statesville, N.C.

Ed Mclelland, 64, Statesville, N.C. (husband of deceased Marsha Mclelland)

Chevrolet Tahoe Fatality

Trent Roberts (rear passenger), 24, Knoxville, Tenn.

Chevrolet Tahoe Injuries

Tim Wacker (front passenger), 28, Knoxville, Tenn.

Jordan D. Payne (M) (Driver), 24, Knoxville, Tenn.

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