Wreckage on Highway After Deadly Collision Between Passenger Bus and Semi Truck

Wreckage on Highway After Deadly Collision Between Passenger Bus and Semi Truck

Wreckage on Highway After Deadly Collision Between Passenger Bus and Semi Truck

It was scheduled to arrive in Phoenix Thursday afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it would send 10 investigators to the site.

He said the driver of the truck sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

A semi-truck collided with a Greyhound bus in New Mexico Thursday, killing at least 7 people and injuring dozens more.

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

Three of the six patients taken to UNMH were listed in critical condition and the condition of the others was not released, said spokeswoman Cindy Foster.

Authorities have said that people were injured in the crash along Interstate 40 but they have not provided an exact count.

The death toll has risen to at least six, television stations KOAT and KOB said from the scene.

It was not immediately known how many were injured or what the conditions of the injured were.

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

Chris Jones was driving along the highway when he caught his first glimpse of the semi turned over.

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. The number of fatalities has not been reported.

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

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

New Mexico State Police said preliminary information showed that the semi-tractor trailer was traveling eastbound when it had a tire blowout and crossed into oncoming traffic, colliding with the bus.

New Mexico State Police did not say how many people died or how many were injured in Thursday's crash. The truck was on its side with debris scattered over the highway and a nearby median. It forced the closure of westbound lanes of the interstate and traffic was backing up as travellers were diverted.

I-40 was shut down for eight hours for the crash. The front of the passenger bus is destroyed completely, and emergency workers were still at the scene.

NMSP says that a semi truck traveling east on I-40 blew a tire near mile marker 50, causing the truck driver to lose control and cross over the median into westbound traffic.

New Mexico State Police are reporting serious injuries among the passengers aboard a commercial bus that crashed along Interstate 40. Almost every person on board was transported to hospital, CBS reported.

The crash occurred near the town of Thoreau.

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