Published: Fri, August 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Police report fatalities in New Mexico bus crash originating from St. Louis

Police report fatalities in New Mexico bus crash originating from St. Louis

Four people were killed and multiple people were injured Thursday in a head-on crash involving a Greyhound bus and a tractor-trailer in northwestern New Mexico, officials said.

A tire blew out on the eastbound truck, which then jumped the grass median and struck the bus traveling in the opposite direction, police officer Ray Wilson told a news conference.

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. The exact number of injured people is still being evaluated, state police said.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were dispatched to the scene, along with the New Mexico State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit.

Part of the side of the bus was torn off, he said. That appears to have caused the the driver to lose control and sent the truck careening across the median and and into oncoming traffic, where it rammed into the passenger bus.

Greyhound revised the number of passengers on the bus to 49, up from the 47 reported earlier.

"We are fully cooperating with local authorities and will also complete an investigation of our own", said Greyhound spokeswoman Crystal Booker.

The truck collided with a Greyhound bus bound for Phoenix.

Traffic driving westbound is diverted along a frontage road as police investigate an accident between a semi and a Greyhound bus on Thursday on Interstate 40.

They said passengers are being transported to the hospital. Thursday's incident shut down part of Interstate 40 for almost eight hours, as crews worked into the night to clear the wreck.

Those who were looking to find information about family members could call the McKinley Emergency Operations Center at 505-722-4246.

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