The SUV was about 50 yards away from the tractor-trailer. It was still upright, but the back half had been ripped off.
The injured were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. Late Wednesday, center spokesman Jim Ragonese said 14 people from the crash were being treated there. He said two were in critical condition, seven in serious condition, and five in stable condition.
State Department of Safety and Homeland Security spokeswoman Dalya Qualls said in an email 18 people were on the bus, six of whom were killed. One person among the three in the SUV was killed, and the tractor-trailer driver also died.
Qualls said Thursday that all lanes of the interstate reopened by 5:15 a.m.
Brady Johnson, superintendent of the Iredell County-Statesville City Schools, said a lot of people who work for the school system are church members. Johnson said he knew people on the bus and they were awaiting word on the conditions.
Johnson said the church had adopted N.B. Mills Elementary School, providing volunteers and school supplies for needy children.
Now, the school system is offering a high school auditorium for a memorial.
“It hits the community as a whole when tragedy strikes. The whole community comes together,” he said.