A Greyhound bus carrying 49 passengers and a semi-truck collided in New Mexico on Thursday, killing at least four people and inflicting many others with serious injuries, the New Mexico State Police Department said.
‘Preliminary crash information indicates a semi-tractor-trailer traveling on I-40 [eastbound] had a tire blowout and crossed into oncoming [westbound] traffic, colliding with a Greyhound bus,’ the NMSPD said.
At least 33 people have been taken to area hospitals, some of whom were in critical condition, ABC News reported.
Passengers were trapped on board the bus, screaming as rescuers tried to get them out through windows, according to one witness who passed by the scene.
‘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,’ a witness told KRQE.
‘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 bus.’
Another motorist described the scene of the deadly bus crash as chaotic, with people screaming and passengers on the ground.
Chris Jones said in a phone interview that he was headed west on Interstate 40 near the Arizona state line when he saw the semi-truck on its side.
Jones says he stopped to help and talked to the driver who told him that one of his front tires had popped, forcing the truck to veer into oncoming traffic, where it struck the bus.
The bus was heading from Albuquerque to Phoenix and there were 49 passengers on board, Greyhound spokesperson Crystal Booker said.
‘The exact number of injuries is still being investigated,’ NMSPD said at 5.30pm MDT, adding, ‘This scene remains active.’
One area trauma center told CBS it received six patients, three of whom were in critical condition.
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Source: Daily Mail