MTSU Track & Field Runner Killed

NEWPORT, Tenn. - A member of the Middle Tennessee State University track team was killed when he was hit by a bus.

Middle Tennessee Track and Field released information on social media about Geoffrey Cheruiyot’s death, sending thoughts and prayers to his family.

According to officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the 23-year-old was hit by a bus Thursday while lying in the roadway on Interstate 40. Further details on the circumstances leading to his death had not been released. It was unclear why he was in the roadway.

The crash happened in East Tennessee in Newport located in Cocke County.

Reports from THP officials stated 34 people were on the bus at the time of the crash, and they were not injured.

MTSU representatives said Cheruiyot had just graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in community and public health.

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