One Dead, 16 Injured as Truck Rams Disabled Bus At Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A tractor-trailer rammed a disabled Greyhound bus on the side of Interstate 65 today, killing one person and injuring 16, authorities said.
The truck hit the left rear of the bus and knocked it into a relief bus as passengers were transferring to the new bus, said Greyhound Lines spokeswoman Liz Dunn.
The accident occurred about 5:15 a.m. on the southern edge of the city, about 15 miles south of downtown Nashville.
Passengers had been heading from Birmingham, Ala., to Detroit.
All three vehicles caught fire, authorities said. The fires in the buses were quickly extinguished, but the truck, which came to rest 100 yards up the highway, was destroyed.
Howard Loring, area manager for Greyhound who was at the scene of the accident, said the driver of the replacement bus told him that passengers were beginning to move to the new bus when ″Bam 3/8 It happened and the fire started.″
Rescue workers removed the body of the dead passenger from the wreckage of the disabled bus, said Capt. Jack Frazier of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Dunn said the person was a passenger; the person’s name was not immediately released.
Both buses had flashers on and were parked on the shoulder, Dunn said.
The interstate was closed in both directions for hours. Produce from the truck was spilled across the northbound lane, which remained closed at late morning.
Sixteen people, including the truck driver, were injured and taken to hospitals, authorities said. Rescue workers had to pull some people through the windows of the disabled bus.
Most of the injured were described as in stable condition or with minor injuries that wouldn’t require hospitalization. At least two of the injured were children.
The truck, owned by Ellis Jakes Produce Co. of Nashville, was en route from Tipton, Ga., to Nashville, authorities said.