Serious injuries reported in crash involving bus, semi
New Mexico State Police are investigating reports of a crash involving a passenger bus and a semi-trailer. Multiple people are seriously injured and have been taken to the hospital. Westbound I-40 is shut down near Thoreau while police investigate. Traffic is being diverted at mile mark 53. It's unclear what caused the crash. Officials are setting up a reunification center at McKinley County Fire Office. This is where families can be reunited with their loved ones who were on the bus. The office is located at 413 Bataan Memorial Drive in Gallup. This is developing story. Stay with KOAT for updates. READ MORE: Serious injuries reported in crash involving bus, semi CHECK OUT KOAT: Stay in the know with the latest Albuquerque news. From the top local and national stories to the latest Albuquerque weather, KOAT has you covered.
At least four people were killed in a bus crash on Thursday on New Mexico's Interstate 40, state police said.
A semi-tractor trailer experienced "a tire blowout" and ultimately collided with a Greyhound passenger bus, New Mexico State Police said on.
It wasn't immediately clear exactly how many people were injured in the crash, however at least four people were confirmed dead, police said.
"Many bus passengers were transported with serious injuries," thesaid.
Police say people killed in New Mexico bus crash
New Mexico authorities say multiple people have been killed in a commercial passenger bus crash along Interstate 40.New Mexico State Police did not say how many people died or how many were injured in Thursday's crash.
Authorities revealed earlier that there were "multiple casualties" in the crash, as well as "multiple serious injuries."
At least 47 passengers were riding on the Greyhound bus that heading from Albuquerque, with at least one scheduled stop in Phoenix, the company told The Associated Press. The cause of the incident remained unclear, spokeswoman Crystal Booker said.
The passenger bus involved in the accident experienced front-end damage, while a semi-truck was discovered lying on its side. Video also showed debris scattered about the roadway and emergency responders at the scene.
A witness described the incident as “horrible,” tellingthat “screams were coming from the bus.”
“It was horrible there was people trying to climb out of the windows of the bus... bystanders trying to help people getting ladders out of their truck to get to windows of Greyhound bus to assist,” the witness told the outlet. "When we went by the overturned semi, everything in the trailer was out on the road. It was a disaster...you could tell people were in distress, screams were coming from
Road closures near Thoreau occurred as a result of the crash, state police said, telling the public to “expect delays.”
The McKinley County Emergency Management set up a phone line “for family members of passengers looking for information on their relatives,” police said. The number is (505) 722-2002.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Dad happy babies alive after New Mexico bus-truck crash .
A man traveling to California with his pregnant longtime girlfriend said it seemed like the world was ending after a semitruck smashed into their commercial passenger bus on a New Mexico highway. Joseph Chandler told Albuquerque television station KOB-TV that he picked up his girlfriend, who was seven months pregnant with twins, and carried her off the bus. Christy Westerdale had to deliver the twins prematurely. They're listed in critical condition.Load Error