DANDRIDGE, Tenn. — The National Transportation Safety Board is not sending anyone to investigate a horrific Tennessee bus crash that left eight people dead and 14 more injured because the government shutdown furloughed all its highway investigators, an NTSB official said.
“In this particular case I think it’s highly likely that we would have responded to it, but again, with our investigators furloughed, it’s impossible to do that,” Sharon Bryson, deputy director of communications for the NTSB, told NBC News.
“All of our highway investigators are furloughed,” Bryson said.
Eight people were killed after a bus carrying members of a church in North Carolina overturned around 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, officials said. The bus was carrying members of the Young at Heart program at Front Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C., who were headed back from an annual preaching and gospel music conference in Tennessee, the church said.
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