Church Van Accident Inspires Policy Shifts

Earlier this week we wrote about the tragic fatal car accident between an SUV and a church bus that was carrying several teens and a youth leader home from a weekend retreat. Watch the above video to learn more about the crash and meet the heroes who helped save lives. After the accident and subsequent fire killed two, the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department is considering new policies for vehicles responding to accidents.

“We don’t have a policy, per se, that talks about fire extinguishers in our cruisers, in our police cars,” said Sevier county Sheriff’s Department Captain Mike Hodges. “It’s also an officer discretion type thing. If an officer wanted to have one in the car they’re more than welcome to carry one in that vehicle.

Sheriff’s deputies were the first officials to arrive on the scene. Witnesses had attempted to use fire extinguishers to put out the fire, but it was not enough. When the deputies arrived, they only had bottled water to battle the fire.

Officers are still investigating the incident, which they describe as the worst crash in years. They say that more fire extinguishers might not have made a difference.

Some organizations in Tennessee require that all vehicles contain fire extinguishers, such as Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Knoxville Police Department.

Our prayers continue to go out to the victims and survivors of this terrible tragedy. We encourage police departments to take further measures to prevent death and injury in similar car accidents. If you lost a loved one in a fire or car accident caused by someone else’s mistake, feel free to contact us to schedule a free case review. Call us at (615) 845-6141.

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