KNOXVILLE, T.N. -- Two people still are in critical condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, following the deadly crash of a Statesville church bus in Knoxville last Wednesday.
The latest update from the medical center confirmed the two people who are critically injured are a 70-year-old woman from Statesville, N.C. and a 74-year-old man from Statesville, N.C.
Three people are in serious condition, and four people now are stable. Five people have been discharged. Initially, 14 people were taken to the hospital with injuries. Twelve of them are from a Statesville church bus, according to the pastor of Front Street Baptist Church.
The accident happened at 2 p.m. last Wednesday when the church bus blew a tire on I-40 near mile marker 423, outside of Knoxville. A Front Street Baptist Church bus crossed the median and crashed into an SUV and a tractor trailer.
John Wright, 73, from Mocksville, was killed in the crash. His wife, 62-year-old Beverly Wright, was among the 14 people injured and taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment. She has not yet been discharged and is still recovering from serious injuries.
Last week, the Tennessee State Highway Patrol confirmed the names of most of the eight people killed in the crash. In addition to John Wright, people on the church bus who died are Cloyce Matheny (95, Statesville), Brenda Smith (69, Statesville), Marsha Mclelland (62, Statesville), Barbara Morrison (66, Statesville) and bus driver Randy Morrison (66, Statesville).
The passenger in the Chevrolet Tahoe SUV who died is 24-year-old Trent Roberts from Knoxville.
Gannett news partner WBIR in Knoxville said the investigation into the crash is ongoing, but the Tennessee Highway Patrol said it will take 10 months to a year before the investigation is complete.
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