JEFFERSON COUNTY, Tenn -

We've learned the National Transportation Safety Board is not sending anyone to Wednesday's deadly crash on I-40, because highway investigators have been furloughed under the government shutdown.

Some are using the wreck to point political fingers.

News 5 spoke by phone with Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party Roy Herron on Thursday on the subject and here is what they had to say.

Herron says, "there is something that can be done about it. The government can be restarted, and the National Transportation Safety Board can be allowed to go back to work, and the investigators can be sent to Tennessee to make sure we know what happened in this accident to make sure people are protected going forward."

Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey also tells News 5, "That may be one of the most ridiculous statements I've ever heard in my life. It's amazing to me the lengths they will go to when they will politicize the terrible deaths of an accident when a vehicle blew a tire, and we all know the cause of that was a blown tire."

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is taking the lead in investigating the crash on Interstate 40.