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Troopers: IDs on 8 bus crash victims may take days

THP Sgt. Bill Miller said Thursday morning that positive identification of the victims would be difficult because some were burned. He said a forensic team expected to use dental records to identify some victims. (Courtesy AP)

By Mitch Weiss, Steve Megargee & Travis Loller
The Associated Press

10/3/2013

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it could take a couple of days before troopers release the names of the eight people who died in a fiery bus crash.

THP Sgt. Bill Miller said Thursday morning that positive identification of the victims would be difficult because some were burned. He said a forensic team expected to use dental records to identify some victims.

A North Carolina church bus blew a tire while traveling home on Interstate 40 on Wednesday, veered across a highway median and crashed into a sport utility vehicle and tractor-trailer. Fourteen people were injured in the crash.

Miller said they were still trying to figure out who was driving bus and therefore couldn't answer questions about the driver's history. He said the agency's investigation would include looking at who was driving the bus and the vehicle's service records.

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