Family: Parents killed in I-40 wreck always put others first

(WBIR - UT Medical Center) As officials work to identify the victims of Wednesday's fatal wreck on I-40 in Jefferson County, some families have begun to come forward to remember their lost loved ones.

According to their children, Randolph and Barbara Morrison were two victims on the Front Street Baptist Church bus on their way home to North Carolina from a convention in Gatlinburg. They said they believe their dad, Randolph, was driving the church bus while their mother, Barbara, was a passenger.

The couple's son, Ronnie, said his dad was a Vietnam veteran who had a commercial drivers license and worked on tractor trailers throughout his life.

"You get bus drivers that might not know what they're doing. Daddy has been doing this all his life. He was with me when we had a tire blowout, I was driving. I can see Daddy up on top of that wheel. And he was never worried for himself I'm sure, it was all those other people," Ronnie Morrison said.

Ronnie and his sister Rebecca came to UT Medical Center in Knoxville after being misinformed on Wednesday evening that their father had survived. They were about to board a flight to Knoxville when they learned that neither of their parents were at the hospital after all.

Ronnie said it was at that point that he knew both of his parents died in the crash.

He said his parents lived right across the street from the church in Statesville, NC., and would always think of others before themselves.

His sister said right now they ask for everyone to continue praying and that comfort right now comes from their faith.

"We want to always put the focus on what they were doing. They were returning from a conference where they as senior adults were listening to the gospel and learning and growing in their faith. And we know, in our family we grew up in the church raised to know Jesus and know that our Mom and Daddy are with him right now in heaven" Rebecca said.


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