Update: Knoxville Police have identified the driver of a car who was killed Thursday when a church bus crashed into it.
Jewell Winton, 54, of Knoxville was driving a Kia Rio on Broadway when investigators believe a mechanical problem prevented the bus from stopping at a red light.
KPD is still investigating the crash. The bus will be inspected for mechanical issues on Monday. The results of the initial inspection of the bus have not been released.
(WBIR- Knoxville) A crash killed one person and injured several others in north Knoxville Thursday evening.
The bus hit two vehicles at the intersection of North Broadway and Oglewood Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. Crews had to shut down North Broadway for several hours.
Knoxville police said the bus malfunctioned at the intersection and was unable to stop at the red light. The bus then hit a Kia and a Chevy pickup truck before coming to a stop in the CVS parking lot. A Silverado pickup truck was also involved in the accident, but it received only minor damages.
The driver of the Kia died at the scene. The Knoxville woman wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Police said the driver latched her seat belt to keep the "seat belt reminder alarm" from going off. The woman was sitting on top of the seat belt and wasn't restrained at all. Darrell DeBusk, with the Knoxville Police Department, said a seat belt could have saved her because the damage to the car was mainly on the passenger side of the vehicle.
Officials aren't releasing the name of the woman driving Kia until they notify her family.
Two people traveling inside the Chevy pickup also went to the hospital. The driver of the truck, 16-year-old Cory Butcher, was wearing a seat belt, but the passenger, Sam Butcher, wasn't. As of Friday morning, Sam Butcher was listed as stable at the Universtity of Tennessee Medical Center.
Crews also took five people aboard the bus to the hospital. The driver of the bus, James Williams, wasn't hurt, but crews took him to the hospital for a manditory blood draw. They're all expected to be okay.
Eighteen people, including 11 teenagers, filled the Berea Christian Church bus traveling from Brazil, Ind. to East Tennessee for a conference at Johnson University. Before the crash, they were doing volunteer work with Lost Sheep ministries, handing out food to those in need. Ross Jones, with Lost Sheep Ministries, said he was shocked when he heard the news. He said the crash happened minutes after the bus left.
"It's just a sad day, you know, again, this not only affects Indiana," said Jones. "It totally affects Knoxville. So we just want to. . . we're sad, but at the same time, we're praying for those families."
The NBC affiliate near Brazil, Ind. reached out to the pastor of Berea Christian Church. He held a meeting with the parents Thursday and then came to Tennessee that night.
He said the group will go back to Indiana on Friday.
Debusk, with KPD, said once the investigation is complete the district attorney's office will determine whether any charges should be filed.
"Whether it was an accident of not, we will forward it to the DA's office for their review," said Debusk. "They will take the investigative file and review it and determine if there will be any charges filed at this time."
It could take authorities several days to determine what officially caused the crash. Officials took the bus to an impound lot for further investigation.