At least 4 killed in head-on New Mex­ico bus crash

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AL­BU­QUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At least four peo­ple were killed and oth­ers were se­ri­ously in­jured Thurs­day in a head-on crash in­volv­ing a com­mer­cial pas­sen­ger bus and a semi-truck along In­ter­state 40 in New Mex­ico, near the Ari­zona bor­der, au­thor­i­ties said.

Pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion in­di­cated the semi was headed east when it blew a tire, send­ing the rig across the me­dian and into on­com­ing traf­fic where it smashed into the bus, New Mex­ico State Po­lice said.

There were 49 peo­ple aboard the Grey­hound bus. Au­thor­i­ties said many were trans­ported to hos­pi­tals, but they could not im­me­di­ately pro­vide an ex­act count of how many were hurt or their con­di­tions.

Nine bus pas­sen­gers were be­ing treated at Univer­sity of New Mex­ico Hospi­tal with three more pa­tients ex­pected to be trans­ported there later Thurs­day. UNM of­fi­cials didn’t re­lease any de­tails about the pa­tients’ con­di­tions.

Pass­ing mo­torists de­scribed a chaotic scene with pas­sen­gers on the ground and peo­ple scream­ing.

Eric Huff was head­ing to the Grand Canyon with his girl­friend when they came across the crash.

Huff said the semi’s trailer was up­side down and “shred­ded to pieces,” and the front of the Grey­hound bus was smashed, with many of the seats pressed to­gether. Part of the side of the bus was torn off, he said.

Truck driver San­tos Soto III shot video show­ing the front of the Grey­hound sheared off and the semi split open, with its con­tents strewn across the high­way.

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