Seven dead as USA bus collides with large truck

Seven dead as USA bus collides with large truck

Seven dead as USA bus collides with large truck

Greyhound bus officials have said 49 passengers were aboard the bus.

The New Mexico State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau will be aiding in the investigation into the crash and inspecting the truck.

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. The it bus was then plowed by a semi truck traveling in the opposite direction.

At least nine passengers were being treated at an Albuquerque hospital.

Three of the six taken to UNMH were in critical condition but the condition of the rest had not been released, said spokeswoman Cindy Foster.

All but six of those on the bus were taken to nearby hospitals, said Wilson, adding that those six had minor injuries and were treated at the site.

At least seven people were killed, and numerous 49 passengers aboard the Greyhound bus were injured, although authorities couldn't immediately provide an exact count of how many were hurt or their conditions. Ten investigators will arrive in New Mexico on Friday.

They could not immediately say how many people were injured.

Passing motorists described a chaotic scene with passengers on the ground and people screaming.

One witness, Chris Jones, was driving along the highway when he came upon the crash site.

"I saw the tractor trailer flipped upside down the driver of the tractor trailer was on the shoulder just sitting there".

Dr. Kevin Gaines, the acting chief medical officer of Gallup Indian Medical Center, said that hospital received the bulk of the patients, because it's the hospital closest to the crash. They also have not said how many people were killed or how many were injured. The number of fatalities has not been reported.

This is not the first deadly crash involving a passenger bus in the state in recent months.

The truck "suffered a tire blowout, causing the semi to cross the median into opposing West-bound traffic" and collide with the bus carrying 48 passengers, New Mexico police said in a statement.

If you suspect someone you know to have been on that bus, the McKinley County Emergency Management has established a phone number for loved ones and family members looking for additional information: 505-722-2002. It forced the closure of westbound lanes of the interstate and traffic was backing up as travellers were diverted.

"The truck was on its right side and had a lot of produce scattered probably 40 yards, I would say", Benge said. The front half of the bus was destroyed. Debris from the semi also littered the area.

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