At Least 4 Dead Following Bus Crash in New Mexico

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

"We do expect that number to rise", New Mexico State Police Officer Ray Wilson said. Almost every person on board was transported to hospital, CBS reported. The driver of the semi-truck suffered non-life threatening injuries, reports said. All but six people involved in the crash were taken to hospitals.

As of Thursday night, seven deaths had been confirmed. It collided with the truck around 12 pm on Interstate 40 near the city of Thoreau, about 100 miles west of Albuquerque, the state police said.

He says he came across the driver of the semi sitting on the shoulder of the highway and that the driver told him that one of his front tires had burst, forcing the truck to veer into oncoming traffic, where it struck the bus.

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Chris Jones was driving along the highway when he caught his first glimpse of the semi turned over. He quickly jumped out of his vehicle to help the injured when he didn't see any ambulances around.

Part of the side of the bus was torn off, he said. They also have not said how many people were killed or how many were injured. "It was awful", Gonzales told KRQE. Greyhound said 47 people were on board at the time of the crash.

Gallup Indian Health Services received 37 of the injured, said Jennifer Buschick, a spokeswoman for the Gallup hospital. Their injuries included bone fractures and liver lacerations. One was in critical condition and two were in serious condition, Gaines said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone as we continue to give our support to all affected".

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The bus was headed from Albuquerque to Phoenix when the crash happened near Thoreau.

It smashed into the front of the passenger bus, which had 48 passengers on board.

This is the second deadly crash involving a bus and a semi-truck in New Mexico this summer. Three people were killed in that crash, CNN affiliate KRQE reported.

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Nearby McKinley County Emergency Management has established the following number for family members of passengers looking for information on their relatives: 505 863-3839.

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