KPD confirms problem with brakes led to Broadway church bus crash | UPDATE

By: WVLT staff Email
By: WVLT staff Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Accident investigators with the Knoxville Police Department along with critical incident response team members from the Tennessee Highway Patrol just concluded the review of the bus involved in the crash on Broadway on Thursday.

The initial report concludes that there was a problem with the brakes on the 2001 GMC bus.

Officers say due to the ongoing investigation, the exact problem cannot be released at this time. And that the full inspection report will not be completed for several more weeks.


One person is dead and several others were injured following an accident involving a bus and three other vehicles on Broadway at Oglewood. The accident happened around 5:20 p.m. Thursday.

A spokesperson for the Knoxville Police Department says the driver told police the bus was coming down Oglewood when the brakes failed and he could not stop at the red light at Broadway.

The bus hit a Kia heading south and police say the force of the impact drove that Kia into a Chevy Silverado waiting to turn onto Broadway.

The bus also hit a pickup truck traveling northbound on Broadway before hitting a CVS sign, where it came to a stop.

According to investigators, the Kia's driver, identified as 54-year-old Jewell Winton of Knoxville, had latched her seat belt to keep the reminder alarm silent and was sitting on top of the seat belt. She was killed in the crash.

Three adults on bus were taken to the hospital. Two children were taken to Children's Hospital. All are expected to recover.

The bus belongs to Berea Christian Church in Brazil, Indiana. Eighteen people were on board at the time of the crash.

KPD says they were working with Johnson University and Lost Sheep Ministries on a mission type trip.

The bus has been taken to impound where investigators will determine what caused the malfunction.

Investigators say it will take several days to determine the cause.

The bus driver taken to UT for blood testing, which is standard procedure when there is a fatality.


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