The National Transportation Safety Board is still considering whether to investigate the Oct. 2 bus wreck that killed eight people on Interstate 40 east of Knoxville, including six members of Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville.
NTSB investigators normally document and collect evidence from such scenes, but they were on furlough for 17 days because of the partial federal government shutdown, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said Friday.
The NTSB is working on a policy on how to review and handle wrecks that happened while its investigators were on furlough, and no decision has been made on whether to investigate the bus wreck, Weiss said.
The members of the church’s Young at Heart Seniors Ministry were returning from the 17th Annual Fall Jubilee in Gatlinburg when the bus’s left tire failed. The bus, with its driver and 17 passengers, went across the median, causing a fiery crash with other vehicles that also left 12 hospitalized.
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