At least 8 killed in fiery Tennessee bus crash

Published: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 @ 3:39 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 @ 4:37 PM

            At least 8 killed in fiery Tennessee bus crash

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Authorities say a tire on a church bus blew out and the bus hit a tractor-trailer and sport utility vehicle in northeastern Tennessee, killing eight people.

According to, at least 8 people have been killed in the crash that happened around 2 p.m. Eastern on I-40 near the Interstate 81 split.

According to WSOC-TV in Charlotte, the bus was from Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C. Pastor's wife Dionne Stutts told WSOC the bus was carrying senior adult church members.  They were on their way home from an event called the Fall Jubilee in Gatlinburg. Church pastors say they are on the way to the area.

The state Department of Safety and Homeland Security said the chartered bus crossed the median in Jefferson County about 2 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 40. The bus clipped an oncoming SUV and hit the tractor-trailer, which burst into flames. The bus, which was heading eastbound, overturned.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesperson Dalya Qualls says eight people died in the crash: six were on the bus, one in the tractor-trailer, and one in an SUV. 14 people were injured.

Vehicle ends up on its side in Kroger parking lot in Riverside

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 11:42 PM

The male driver of a vehicle that ended up on its side in the parking lot of a Kroger, in the 700 block of Spinning Road, likely will be cited for failure to control, a Riverside police sergeant said. 

A preliminary investigation suggests that the driver turned too sharply and simply turned the vehicle onto its side in the accident reported sometime between 11:15 and 11:30 p.m. 

The driver suffered scratches on his hand, according to police.

Patchy fog possible overnight; near record warmth continues

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 5:42 AM


  • Patchy fog possible tonight
  • Few showers by late Tuesday
  • Potential for strong storms to end the week



Tonight: More clouds are expected with some patchy fog possible. The fog should not be as widespread as it was Monday morning. Temperatures will fall back only into the upper 40s for lows. 


Tuesday: Clouds will increase with a chance for a passing shower toward evening. Temperatures will remain mild with highs in the middle 60s. 


Wednesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with unseasonably warm temperatures in the middle 60s. 


Thursday: Clouds will increase with a chance for passing showers or even a thunderstorm. It will become breezy with highs in the middle 60s. 


Friday: A windy and warm day is expected with a mix of sun and clouds, a line of showers and storms is expected to push across the area during the evening or nighttime hours. Some of the storms could be strong or severe. Damaging winds will be the main threat from these storms. Highs will top out near 70 degrees before storms arrive. 


Saturday: It will be blustery and much colder with a chance for a passing shower or some flurries. Expect an early high in the middle 40s but falling into the 30s during the afternoon. Gusty winds will make it feel colder.

RELATED: Dense fog limiting visibility, slowing Monday morning commute

New ‘Merit Grill’ restaurant to open March 1 on Wilmington Pike

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 7:03 AM

The Kettering Grill & Cafe at 3800 Wilmington Pike closed last night, Sunday Feb. 19, but a restaurant called the Merit Grill is poised to take its place on March 1.

Oscar Gibran, Merit Grill’s general manager, told this news outlet that the new restaurant will continue to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week as the Kettering Grill did.

There will be some changes to the menu: The Merit Grill will have a new chef, and the menu will focus on dishes made from scratch and offered at an affordable price, Gibran said.

The menu will have a Latin influence but will include dishes from around the world, including Italy, Mexico and Asia, Gibran said. The menu also will add two or three steak dishes, and a daily special will be offered as well, he said.

Plans call for expanding the restaurant’s wine and beer selections and for renovating the bar area during the nine-day hiatus, the restaurant’s general manager said.

RELATED: New Kettering Grill & Cafe now open in Kettering

The Kettering Grill & Cafe opened in November 2014 in space that previously housed the Bar-B-Q Hut, a mainstay in Kettering for 25 years before it closed in October 2011. The building originally was built as a Friendly’s restaurant.

Motorcycle crash shuts large section of North Gettysburg Avenue 

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 10:09 PM

A motorcycle crash in the 1800 block of North Gettysburg Avenue has prompted police to shut down the roadway. 

The accident was reported about 9:40 p.m. 

Police have shut down Gettysburg Avenue from Cornell Drive to North James H. McGee Boulevard until further notice. We’re hearing the shutdown could last “several hours.”

Our crew on scene reports that there is debris scattered all over the road. 

We will update this developing report as information becomes available.