Only two remain hospitalized after deadly van crash

By: Allie Spillyards Email
By: Allie Spillyards Email

SEYMOUR, Tenn (WVLT)-- Only 2 victims from Sunday's deadly church van crash remain at U.T. Medical Center Tuesday morning, according to Cedar Grove Baptist's pastor Bob Lynch.

Lynch said one is expected to come home today, and one remains in I.C.U.

Last night, the church held a private prayer meeting for those involved. They were surprised to see a full house after the community learned about the event and showed up in support.

Two people have died, while around a dozen more are still recovering, following Sunday's crash involving a church van and a Chevy Blazer, Sunday morning.

The wreck happened on Chapman Highway near Zion Hill Road, in Sevier County, around 9:30.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol confirms that Jeff Trussell of Maryville and Courtney Kaliszewski were killed. Both were on board Cedar Grove Baptist Church's van, which was heading back to Maryville from a weekend retreat.

The driver of the Chevy Blazer, 21-year-old Tyler Schaffer, is in critical condition.

Survivors in the church van were taken to U.T. Medical Center, East Tennessee Children's Hospital, and LeConte Medical Center.

A spokesperson for U.T. says they treated a number of the victims, ranging in ages from 13-years-old to 22.

U.T. won't confirm how many patients remain hospitalized, but WVLT spoke to Cedar Grove Baptist's pastor Bob Lynch who says five people are still in the hospital. Four are at U.T. and one is at Children's.

According to Lynch, all surgeries have been done and friends and family are waiting as the five recover in hospital rooms and the I.C.U.


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