KPD e-News Release: K.P.D. Investigating Interstate Crash Involving Double Decker Tour Bus

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: K.P.D. Investigating Interstate Crash Involving Double Decker Tour Bus
DATE: December 14, 2015
CASE #: 15-027075
On December 14, 2015 at approximately 5:00 PM, Officers from the Kingsport Police Department’s Patrol Division and Traffic Unit responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 81 near mile marker 66 in Kingsport. Their subsequent investigation revealed the following:

A 2012 Vanho double-decker tour bus (81 seat capacity) was southbound on I-81 at mile marker 66 when the right front tire experienced a sudden blowout. As a result, the bus swerved to the right and exited the paved surface onto the shoulder. The bus eventually came to a rest after striking a tree approximately 100 feet off the roadway.

Twenty-four people, including the driver, were on board. Three passengers sustained minor injuries. One additional passenger was transported to an area medical facility for a precautionary evaluation due to a pre-existing medical condition that was exacerbated by the crash.

One lane of I-81 remained closed for over three hours to allow for investigation by law enforcement personnel and safe retrieval and removal of the bus by a commercial wrecker service. All travel lanes have since been reopened.

While the crash remains under investigation by the K.P.D. Traffic Unit, no charges are expected to be filed.

Make Vanho
Model Bus
Year 2012
Type Double-Decker Tour Bus
Color Blue
Damage Disabling Damage
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

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