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8 Dead, Dozens Injured After Semi Crashes with Bus in New Mexico

A greyhound bus and semi-truck collided on a New Mexico interstate near the town of Thoreau, resulting in the death of eight passengers, and dozens of people injured.

Details of the New Mexico Bus Accident

Seven bodies of those died were found on Friday at the scene of the collision. The eighth person died after being taken to the hospital according the New Mexico Office of Medical Investigator.

ABC News reported that 33 people have been taken to the hospital, some in critical condition.

New Mexico State Police said the semi was heading east when it blew a tire, causing the truck to cross the median into oncoming traffic, hitting the Greyhound bus.

Although the crash resulted in multiple deaths, the driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Both the bus and truck sustained serious damage, testifying to the severity of the crash. The front of the bus completely crumbled after the crash, and smashed. The truck was upside down, torn to pieces, and covered in debris. Large parts of both vehicles were torn off in the crash.

The truck driver, Santos Soto III, said he saw people sobbing on the side of the road as bystanders tried to comfort them.

Greyhound said the bus, which originated in St. Louis on Wednesday, had stopped in Albuquerque and was en route to Phoenix with 47 passengers.

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

The crash forced the closure of the westbound lanes of the interstate and traffic was backing up as travelers were diverted.

Bus Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 3,978 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes.
  • The number of injury crashes involving buses and large trucks increased by 55 percent between 2009 and 2014.
  • From 2004 to 2014, intercity bus accidents accounted for 13 percent of all fatal bus crashes. School buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent.

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