– No less than 4 individuals had been killed and others had been severely injured Thursday in a head-on crash involving a business passenger bus and a semi-truck alongside Interstate 40 in New Mexico, close to the Arizona border, authorities stated.
Preliminary data indicated the semi was headed east when it blew a tire, sending the rig throughout the median and into oncoming site visitors the place it smashed into the bus, New Mexico State Police stated.
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There have been 49 individuals aboard the Greyhound bus. Authorities stated many had been transported to hospitals, however they might not instantly present an actual rely of what number of had been harm or their situations.
9 bus passengers had been being handled at College of New Mexico Hospital with three extra sufferers anticipated to be transported there later Thursday. UNM officers didn’t launch any particulars in regards to the sufferers’ situations.
Passing motorists described a chaotic scene with passengers on the bottom and other people screaming.
Eric Huff was heading to the Grand Canyon together with his girlfriend after they got here throughout the crash.
Huff stated the semi’s trailer was the other way up and “shredded to items,” and the entrance of the Greyhound bus was smashed, with lots of the seats pressed collectively. A part of the aspect of the bus was torn off, he stated.
“It was an awe-inspiring horrible scene,” he stated
Truck driver Santos Soto III shot video exhibiting the entrance of the Greyhound sheared off and the semi cut up open, with its contents strewn throughout the freeway.
He noticed individuals sobbing on the aspect of the highway as bystanders tried to consolation them.
“I used to be actually traumatized myself, as a result of I’ve been driving about two years and I had by no means seen something like that earlier than,” Soto stated.
“I’m a reasonably robust particular person and I broke down and cried for at the least 30 minutes,” he added.
Chris Jones was headed west on Interstate 40 when he caught his first glimpse of the semi turned over. He noticed the remainder of the wreckage and stopped to assist earlier than coming throughout the motive force of the semi sitting on the shoulder of the freeway.
“It was intense,” Jones stated.
He stated the motive force instructed him that one in all his entrance tires had popped, forcing the truck to veer into oncoming site visitors, the place it struck the bus.
Greyhound stated the bus was heading from Albuquerque to Phoenix.
“We’re absolutely co-operating with native authorities and also will full an investigation of our personal,” Greyhound spokeswoman Crystal Booker stated in an announcement.
The crash occurred close to the city of Thoreau. It pressured the closure of westbound lanes of the interstate and site visitors was backing up as travellers had been diverted.