Tennessee Highway Patrol identifies trucker killed in church bus crash

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 10/4/2013

Authorities have identified the truck driver who was killed in the deadly crash Wednesday, Oct. 2, on Interstate 40 near Dandridge, Tenn., that left 8 people dead and 14 injured.

The trucker, Mose Farmer, 66, of New Orleans, La., was bound for Calhoun, Ga., hauling a load of paper towels and paper products, when a North Carolina church bus careened across the median and struck an SUV before colliding with his tractor trailer.

The driver of the church van, 66-year-old Randy Morrison, of Statesville, N.C., a Class A CDL holder, was among the six members of the bus party who were killed. A passenger in the SUV also died in the crash.

Two of the 14 injured passengers remain in critical condition on Friday.

The crash occurred at approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The church bus was eastbound on Interstate 40 when the left front tire experienced a malfunction or failure, according to previous releases by the state patrol. The driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle and veered across the median into oncoming westbound traffic. The bus first struck the SUV before colliding with the tractor trailer, which burst into flames upon impact. The wreck shut down interstate traffic for roughly 15 hours, before it reopened Thursday morning.

A spokeswoman for the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that under normal circumstances the agency would send its crash investigators to the scene, but due to the ongoing government shutdown in Washington D.C., those investigators are currently on unpaid furlough.

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