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.
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