Roadside memorial marks bus crash tragedy

The Tennessee Highway Patrol released the name of the tractor trailer driver killed in three-vehicle crash on I-40 in Jefferson County Wednesday.

Mose Farmer, 66, of New Orleans, La. was traveling to Calhoun, Ga. with a semi loaded with paper towels when a North Carolina church bus clipped a Chevy Tahoe and then smashed into the tractor trailer. The semi burst into flames and the church bus rolled over.

The accident killed eight people, including six people in the church van, one person in the Tahoe, and the tractor trailer driver. A roadside memorial now marks the site on I-40 where the accident happened. Several white crosses, with Bible verses and prayers written on them, were placed their sometime Friday morning.

University of Tennessee Medical Center also released Friday morning the conditions of the people injured in the crash. Two victims from the church bus were listed in critical condition. Four were listed in serious condition, and five were listed as stable, according to UT Medical spokesperson Susan Wyatt.

Tractor Trailer Fatality

Mose Farmer, 66, of New Orleans, La.

Church Bus Fatalities

Cloyce Matheny (M), 95, Statesville, N.C.

Brenda Smith, 69, Statesville, N.C.

Marsha Mclelland, 62, Statesville, N.C. (wife of injured Ed Mclelland)

Barbara Morrison, 66, Statesville, N.C. (wife of Randy Morrison)

Randy Morrison (Driver), 66, Statesville, N.C. (husband of Barbara Morrison)

John Wright, 73, Mocksville, N.C.

Church Bus Injuries and Conditions

Thomas L. Smith, 74, Statesville, N.C. - Serious

Joanna L. Elledge, 70, Statesville, N.C. - Critical

Benny Elledge, 72, Statesville, N.C. - Serious

Sandra Boyer, 67, Statesville, N.C. - Stable

Marvin Boyer, 74, Statesville, N.C. - Critical

Doris Swaim, 68, Statesville, N.C. - Stable

Steven Swaim, 68, Statesville, N.C. - Stable

Norma J. Hellard, 78, Statesville, N.C. - Serious

Beverly Wright, 62, Mocksville, N.C. - Serious

Brenda Jolly, 70, Statesville, N.C. - Discharged

Wanda Martin, 63, Statesville, N.C. - Stable

Ed Mclelland, 64, Statesville, N.C. (husband of deceased Marsha Mclelland) - Stable

Chevrolet Tahoe Fatality

Trent Roberts (rear passenger), 24, Knoxville, Tenn.

Chevrolet Tahoe Injuries

Tim Wacker (front passenger), 28, Knoxville, Tenn. - Discharged

Jordan D. Payne (M) (Driver), 24, Knoxville, Tenn. - Discharged


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