4 dead in New Mexico bus-truck crash, state police say

KRQEA bus and semi-truck crashed into each other on Interstate 40 in Thoreau N.M. Aug. 30 2018

New Mexico State Police said a semitrailer was travelling down a highway in New Mexico near the Arizona border, when one of its tyres blew, sending the rig across the median and into oncoming traffic, where it slammed into the bus.

Greyhound said bus schedule No. 1333 that left St. Louis Wednesday morning just before 9 p.m. was on Interstate 40 in New Mexico when it crashed head-on with a semi-truck.

According to the Associated Press, New Mexico State Police did not initially say how many people had died or how many were injured.

Wilson had initially said six people suffered minor injuries.

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The company says it is cooperating with authorities and plans its own investigation.

The National Transportation Safety Board will send investigators to the scene, Wilson said.

The semi's trailer was upside down and "shredded to pieces", and the front of the Greyhound bus was smashed, he said, with numerous seats pressed together.

Photos on social media showed a truck on its side with the trailer's cargo scattered across the highway, and the Greyhound bus upright, but with its front end obliterated.

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No details about the patients' conditions were released, nor was there confirmation of the total number of injured.

"You could tell that people were distressed, screams were coming from the bus", he said. Three are in critical condition, three are in satisfactory condition.

Jones, who said he used to be a volunteer firefighter and EMT, described the scene as "one of the hardest" he's ever had to see.

Hospital officials said that 37 patients were received at the Gallup Indian Medical Center.

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"Our first priority is taking care of our passengers and their families, as this incident has deeply impacted all involved". "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone as we continue to give our support to all affected".

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