At least 7 killed in head-on bus crash in New Mexico

New Mexico Interstate 40 crash in Thoreau leaves 'multiple dead' | Daily Star

New Mexico Interstate 40 crash in Thoreau leaves 'multiple dead' | Daily Star

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.

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

Greyhound's intercity buses have provided budget travellers an affordable way to see America for almost a century.

The horrific scene began around 12:30 p.m. when a semi truck was traveling eastbound along Interstate 40 in McKinley County and it blew a tire.

Police said late Thursday afternoon that at least seven people had died, but investigators expected the number of fatalities to rise.

They could not immediately say how many people were injured.

Another motorist described the scene of the deadly bus crash as chaotic, with people screaming and passengers on the ground. Greyhound said 47 people were on board at the time of the crash.

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Chris Jones said in a phone interview that he was headed west Thursday on Interstate 40 near the Arizona state line when he saw a semi-truck on its side.

A tire blowout caused a semi-truck to cross the median into oncoming westbound traffic, according to police. Passengers tried to climb out the bus windows and bystanders grabbed ladders from their vehicles to try to rescue them, he said. Multiple people were killed and others were seriously injured.

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

Emergency personnel inspect a bus near Thoreau after it was destroyed by the impact of an oncoming semitrailer Thursday.

The University of New Mexico Hospital now has six patients.

The crash shut down the westbound lanes of Interstate 40 near Thoreau near mile marker 50, police said.

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