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Officials give final report in NC church bus crash that killed 8 in TN

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Emergency crews work to tow away a church bus after the fatal I-40 crash. (Oct. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina) Emergency crews work to tow away a church bus after the fatal I-40 crash. (Oct. 3, 2013/FOX Carolina)
KNOXVILLE, TN (FOX Carolina) -

Authorities looking into the crash that killed eight in October said a tire malfunction on a church bus traveling from North Carolina caused the accident.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol was the lead agency investigating the Interstate 40 crash that killed eight and injured more than a dozen people on Oct. 2, 2013.

According to troopers, a church bus from Statesville, NC, crossed the median hitting an oncoming Chevy Tahoe then almost instantly hit a tractor-trailer, which burst into flames. The bus then turned onto its side.

Six people onboard the bus and a passenger in the SUV and the tractor trailer's driver were killed in the accident while 14 people were injured in the crash. The victims ranged in age from 24 to 95 years old.

The Highway Patrol said the accident was caused when the something impacted a tire about 50 miles prior the accident. One of the troopers said they cannot determine what object or exactly where the tire was damaged, but it was a, "truly tragic crash that took eight lives and injured many others."

"This was a tragic event that claimed the lives of eight individuals by no fault of any one person," Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Trott said. "We tasked local troopers, members of our Critical Incident Response Team and Criminal Investigation Division to conduct a thorough investigation that found no evidence of impairment on any drivers involved in the crash, no evidence that the drivers were distracted and no evidence that the bus was not well-maintained."

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